Ari Kelman is the Jim Joseph Chair in Education and Jewish Studies at Stanford University. His research is on the intersection of Education and Jewish Studies, with an emphasis on the myriad ways in which people cultivate ethnic and religious identities and practices. He focuses on questions of culture in all its manifestations including the material, aural, visual, and ideological. He is the author of Station Identification: A Cultural History of Yiddish Radio (California, 2009), the editor of Is Diss a System?: A Milt Gross Comic Reader (NYU, 2010), and a co-author of Sacred Strategies: Transforming Synagogues from Functional to Visionary (Alban Institute, 2011). He is also the author of a number of articles about contemporary Jewish identity and culture, among other things.
Kelman's research takes a social scientific approach to examining the myriad ways in which people learn to be Jewish. His current research engages Jewish cultural festivals (music, film, art), in order to better understand the educational dimensions of those environments. He is simultaneously involved in a number of other projects that explore a variety of texts and phenomena that teach about Jewishness, ranging from Fiddler on the Roof to the Jewish Catalog.
Ari serves on the Advisory Board of CASJE (The Consortium on Applied Research in Jewish Education) and holds a PhD from New York University.