Dr. Jennifer A. Thompson


  • Applied Jewish Ethics


  • PhD, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • MTS, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA
  • BA, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA


Dr. Jennifer A. Thompson is the Maurice Amado Associate Professor of Applied Jewish Ethics and Civic Engagement and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at California State University, Northridge, in Los Angeles.

Her research uses ethnography to investigate the cultural and moral categories that contemporary American Jews use to organize their individual and collective lives. To go with her undergraduate course in Applied Jewish Ethics, Thompson created a peer-reviewed Applied Jewish Ethics textbook, the only university-level text on Applied Jewish Ethics.

Her public scholarship has appeared in The Forward and Haaretz on topics including the #MeToo movement and doxing white supremacists.

Dr. Thompson serves on the editorial boards of Contemporary Jewry and the Journal of Jewish Identities, and recently finished a four-year term as Secretary of the Association for the Social-Scientific Study of Jewry.


  • Applied Jewish Ethics eText (Lexington Books)
  • Jewish on Their Own Terms: How Intermarried Couples are Changing American Judaism (Rutgers University Press)