Dory Fox


Ph.D., University of Michigan, expected 2021
English Language and Literature, Certificate in Judaic Studies

M.A., University of Michigan, 2017
English Language and Literature

A.B., University of Chicago, 2013


Refereed Journal Articles

“Jewish Genetic Potency: The Meaning of Jewish Ancestry in the 21st-Century United States,” American Jewish History (Forthcoming)

“We Are In The First Temple: Fact and Affect in American Jews’ Emergent Genetic Narrative,” Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, 36.1, Spring 2018

Book Reviews

Review of “Women of Valor: Orthodox Jewish Troll Fighters, Crime Writers, and Rock Stars in Contemporary Literature and Culture,” MELUS, March 2019

Review of “The Marriage Plot: Or, How Jews Fell in Love with Love, and with Literature,” In Geveb,, March 2017

Fellowships and Awards

2019           Sweetland Dissertation Writing Institute Fellowship, University of Michigan

2019           Rackham One-Term Fellowship, University of Michigan

2018           Rackham Humanities Research Candidacy Fellowship, University of Michigan

2018           American Academy of Jewish Research Graduate Student Seminar

2017-8       Marshall Weinberg Prize, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan

2017           English Department Professional Training Grant, University of Michigan

2016, -17    Rackham Conference Travel Grant, University of Michigan

2015, -16    Frankel Center for Judaic Studies Summer Travel Grant, University of Michigan

2013           Phi Beta Kappa


  • “ I. J. Singer’s Family Carnovsky and America’s Jewish Visual Typology,” Racism, Jews, America panel, Modern Language Association, January 9-12, 2020
  • “I.J. Singer’s Family Carnovsky and the Crisis of Jewish Visual Typology,” Visenshaft af Yiddish: Science in Translation panel, Association for Jewish Studies, December 15-17, 2019 (panel co-organizer)
  • “The Promised Land of Evolution in Mary Antin’s Autobiography,” Genre and Gender in Modern Jewish Literature Panel, Association for Jewish Studies, December 16-18, 2018
  • “American Jews’ Emergent Genetic Narratives: The Social, Affective, and Narrative Power of DNA,” Rethinking Race and Anti-Semitism Panel, American Jewish Historical Society, June 17-19, 2018
  • “Heritable Yiddish/Queer Yiddish: The Biological and the Bodily in Irena Klepfisz’s Poetry,” Jewish Queer Woman Bodies and (New) Materialities of Reproduction Panel, Association for Jewish Studies, December 17-19, 2017
  • “The Social Institution of the Bintel Brief Column,” Genres of Yiddish Literature Panel, Modern Language Association, January 5-8, 2017


  • Instructor of Record
    • English 230: Introduction to Fiction (Short Story and Novel): Narratives of Immigration, Winter 2018
    • English 124: Academic Writing and Literature, Passing Narratives in American Literature, Winter 2017
    • English 125: Academic Writing, What’s Good, Winter 2016, Fall 2016
  •  Teaching Assistant and Section Leader
    • English 313: Hitchcock and Modernity, Fall 2017
    • English 364: Genre and the Contemporary Novel, Fall 2015

Language Training

  • YIVO Max Weinreich Summer Yiddish Program, 2016
  • Naomi Prawar-Kadar International Summer Yiddish Program, 2015
  • Yiddish Book Center Steiner Summer Yiddish Program, 2012


  • Coordinator, American Jewish Studies Reading Group, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, 2017-
  • Graduate Employee Organization, University of Michigan
    • Vice President, 2019-
    • Grievance Committee Co-Chair, 2018-9
    • English Department Steward, 2017-8
  • Representative, English Graduate Group, 2014-2017