About the Midwest Jewish Studies Association

Our organization has been in existence since 1988, and was created with the intention to bring scholars of Jewish Studies together in a more friendly, and less-stressed environment than attending one of the bigger conferences each year. While our focus is predominantly on Jewish Studies within the traditional American Midwest, we welcome scholars and scholarship from all aspects of Jewish Studies–History, Anthropology, Religion, Film Studies, English, Music, etc.–and by scholars from across the globe.

Our organization has expanded its profile over the past decade, including Board Members and executives members from across the North American continent, those whose origins are from the opposite side of the globe, and by holding our conference in Canada. We are proud to have such diversity and inclusion in our organization, and we welcome all scholars of Jewish studies who have positive contributions to make within a welcoming academic environment.

Each year, we have an annual ‘traveling’ conference that features aspiring and established scholars; indeed, we feel that the MJSA Conference is a perfect way for new scholars to ‘get their feet wet’ in the art of presentations. In addition, we encourage new scholars to submit their work as part of our Graduate Student Award – winners receive a nominal cash prize and the opportunity to publish their work in Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies.

Host institutions have included Kent State University, Missouri State University, Oakland University, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, University of Kansas, Wayne State University, and York University. If your institution would like to host an MJSA Conference, please contact one of our Board Members.