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Dr Lea Taragin-Zeller

Research Fellow


Dr Lea Taragin-Zeller is a Research Fellow at the Woolf Institute.

Research Interests:

Anthropology of religion (esp. Judaism, Islam and interfaith relations); Medical Anthropology (esp. health decision making, reproduction and ethnic minority and migrant health); Gender and Sexuality (esp. body, modesty, and transnational feminism), Anthropology of Education (esp. sex education; science and technology), Anthropological Theory; Comparative ethnography


Middle East (Israel-Palestine), Europe (UK, Germany), North America

Taragin-Zeller has published widely in leading journals in sociology, anthropology and religion and serves as a section editor in Cambridge's journal of Reproductive Biomedicine and Society Online.

At the Woolf Institute, she is currently working on a new research project on Religion, Public Health and COVID-19 (together with Dr. Ben Kasstan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

She is also writing a book manuscript based on her previous project:

Religious Sisterhood: Encounters of Gender, Religion and Belonging in the UK. Focusing on the emergence of female Jewish-Muslim grassroots interfaith initiatives in the United Kingdom, the project analyses how religious women from minority groups come together vis-à-vis political and social transformations in a growing Islamaphobic and anti-Semitic Europe.

Visit Lea's website here.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Taragin-Zeller, Lea, Rozenblum, Yael and Baram-Tsabari, Ayelet, 2020, "Public engagement with Science among Religious Minorities: Lessons from COVID-19", Science Communication Online version:

Taragin-Zeller, Lea 2019,'"Conceiving God's Children": Toward a Flexible Model of Reproductive Decision-Making', Medical Anthropology, Online Version here.

Taragin-Zeller, Lea, 2019, 'Towards an Anthropology of Doubt: the Case of Religious Reproduction in Orthodox Judaism', Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 43: 1-23

Taragin-Zeller, Lea, 2017, "Have Six, Seven, or even Eight Children": On the Daily Encounters between Rabbinical Authority and Personal Freedom In: Judaism, Sovereignty and Human Rights, 3:113-138

Taragin-Zeller, Lea and Stadler, Nurit, 2017, Like a Snake in Paradise: Fundamentalism, Gender and Taboos in the Haredi Community, Archives des Sciences Sociales des Religions, 177:133-156.

Taragin-Zeller, Lea, 2015, 'Between Modesty and Beauty: Reinterpreting Female Piety in the Israeli Haredi Community', In: Fishman Barack, Sylvia (ed.), Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families Today: Paradoxes of the Gender Revolution, Waltham, Massachusetts: Brandeis University Press, pp. 308-326.

Taragin-Zeller, Lea, 2014, 'Modesty for Heaven's Sake: Authority and Creativity among Female Ultra-Orthodox Teenagers in Israel', Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues, 26, Spring 5774:75-96.


October 2019. Sisterhood Revisited: Jewish-Muslim Feminist Alliances in the UK (St Antony's College, Oxford)

January 2020. Inclusivity in Academia (part of the Naked Reflections Series, Woolf Institute)

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