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Contact Info:
Tufts University
Department of English
6 The Green
Room 312, East Hall
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.5956
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Stephanie Levine

Ph.D, Harvard University
A.B., Brown University

Research Interests

  • Creative Writing
  • Religion
  • Education


  • For my book Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey Among Hasidic Girls� 2004 Moment Magazine Emerging Writer Award for Nonfiction, Selection of the 2005-2006 Hadassah Book Club Reading List, Starred Review, Publishers Weekly.
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Publication Highlights


  • Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey Among Hasidic Girls (foreword by Carol Gilligan)

New book projects:

  • I have just completed a novel set in a fictional Hasidic community. Like Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers, it explores the beauty of Hasidic faith, community, and rituals along with the searing isolation endured by those whose desires and dreams push beyond the boundaries of conservative religion. But the characters, dilemmas, adventures, and mysteries are all completely new.
  • Currently, I am working on a third book, inspired by my lifelong spiritual quest. It will include a fascinating range of characters�some from mainstream religions, others whose views differ radically from any established tradition.

Recent articles include:

  • "God, Gossip, and Going Astray: Naomi Alderman, Shalom Auslander, and Reva Mann talk freely about loshon hora [slanderous gossip]." JBOOKS.com, April 2008.
  • Entries on "North American Hasidism" and "Menachem Mendel Schneerson" in the forthcoming Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish History, Religion, and Culture.
  • Untitled contribution to NiSh'ma section (an interpretation of a Talmudic verse), Sh'ma Magazine, 37/638, February 2007.
  • "Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers" in Exponent ll, Vol. 26, No. 24, 2004.
  • "What Hasidic Girls are Really Like" in Lilith Magazine, Vol. 28.3, Fall 2003.
  • "Hasidic Girls: Daily Lives and Inner Worlds" in Millennium Girls: Today's Girls and their Cultures. Ed. Sherrie A. Inness. Rowman and Littlefield, 1998.