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Shaul Kelner

Associate Professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies


Sociology of Culture
Social Movements & Cultural Change
Sociology of Tourism and Travel
Sociology of Jewish Communities
Diasporas and Collective Identity
Social Networks


Homeland Tourism and Diasporic Identities: Israel and American Jews
The Transnational Movement to Free Soviet Jews: 1964-1991
Environmental Activism in Israel
Philanthropic Foundations and Leadership Development


Kelner, Shaul. 2011. "In Its Own Image: Independent Philanthropy and the Cultivation of Young Jewish Leadership," Chapter 7 in Jack Wertheimer, ed., The New Jewish Leaders: Reshaping the American Jewish Landscape. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England. Pp. 261-321.

Kelner, Shaul. 2011. "The Bureaucratization of Ritual Innovation: The Festive Cycle of the American Soviet Jewry Movement," Jewish Cultural Studies 3:360-391.

Kelner, Shaul. 2010. Tours that Bind: Diaspora, Pilgrimage and Israeli Birthright Tourism. New York: New York University Press.

Kelner, Shaul and George Sanders. 2009. " Beyond the Field Trip: Teaching Tourism through Tours," Teaching Sociology 37 (2): 136-150.

Kelner, Shaul. 2008. "Ritualized Protest and Redemptive Politics: Cultural Consequences of the American Mobilization to Free Soviet Jewry," Jewish Social Studies 14 (3): 1-37.

Sasson, Theodore and Shaul Kelner. 2008. " From Shrine to Forum: Masada and the Politics of Jewish Extremism," Israel Studies, 13(2): 146-163.