Jenny Caplan

Jenny Ann Caplan

Assoc Professor

French Hall

A&S Judaic Studies - 0169

Professional Summary

I am a scholar of American religion and popular culture. I specialize in American Judaism and work extensively with film, television, internet media, humor, graphic novels, video games, board games, and other sites of pop culture engagement.


Peer Reviewed Publications

Jennifer Caplan (2013. ) Baal Sham Tov: Woody Allen’s Hassidic Tale Telling.Bulletin for the Study of Religion, , 42 (3 ) ,11 More Information

Jennifer Caplan (2014. ) ’Well At MY Temple in Scarsdale…’: Teaching Beyond the ‘Heritage Student’ in Three Institutions.Shofar, , 32 (4 ) ,105 More Information

Jennifer Caplan (2017. ) The Nebbish in Popular Culture Or, How The Underdog Can Win.The Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, , 16 (1 ) ,138 More Information

Jennifer Caplan (2020. ) Rachel Bloom’s Gaping MAAW: Jewish Women, Stereotypes, and the Boundary Bending of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.The Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, , 19 (1 ) ,93 More Information

Jennifer Caplan (2021. ) Public Heroes, Secret Jews: Jewish Identity and Comic Books.The Journal of Jewish Identities, , 14 (1 ) ,53 More Information

Published Books

(2023. ) Funny, You Don't Look Funny: Judaism and Humor from the Silent Generation to Millennials .Detroit, MI , Wayne State University Press (Author)

Book Chapter

Jennifer Caplan (2020 ) Nebbishes, New Jews, and Humor: The Changing Image of American Jewish Masculinity Post-Holocaust Laughter After: Humor after the Holocaust .(pp. 133).Wayne State University Press (Author)

Jennifer Caplan (2020 ) Serious Business: Teaching American Jewish Humor Teaching Options in Jewish-American Literature .(pp. 251).Modern Language Association (Author)

Jennifer Caplan (2021 ) Modern Judaism and the Golden Age of Television American Religious History .(pp. 371).Wiley-Blackwell (Author)

Jennifer Caplan (2023 ) American Judaism and Popular Culture American Jewish History .Oxford University Press (Author)

Jennifer Caplan (2022 ) The Past, Lived and Imagined: Nostalgia in Jewish Women’s Comics Jewish Women in Comics .Syracuse University Press (Author)

Jennifer Caplan (2023 ) Seen, Unseen, and Obscene: Historical Violence in Comic Books Out of the Gutters: Comics and Obscenity .University of Texas Press (Author)