- Anthropology of Judaism
- Jewish women in Israel and America
- Agency and Authority among religious women
- Religion and Bioethics
- Anthropology of Reproduction
- Reproductive Justice
Research in Progress
“Tapping on the Stained Glass Ceiling: The Ordination of Orthodox Jewish Women in America and Israel.” Interviews and observations started in June 2016.
Regularly taught courses
- Arab-Israeli Conflict
- Israeli Culture
- Jews and Medicine
- Jerusalem Contested
Conceiving Authority: Reproduction and Ethics among Haredi Women in Jerusalem, Indiana University Press, (2020).
“Whose Womb and Whose Ethics? Surrogacy in Jewish Ethics,” Journal of Jewish Ethics, 3.1 (2017). 68-91.
“Ethnography and Jewish Ethics: Lessons from a Case Study in Reproductive Ethics,” Journal of Religious Ethics, 44.4 (2016). 636-658.
“The Cultural and Legal Reproduction of Poverty: Abortion Legislation in Israel.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 30:1 (2014). 147-156.
“What they Mean by ‘Good Science’: The Medical Community’s Response to Boutique Fetal Ultrasounds.” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 34:5 (2009). 528-544.
Ramarajan, Arulmozhi, Renzong Qiu, Michal Raucher, Ruth Chadwick, Amna Nossier, Shahida Zaidi. “Sexual Rights and Gender Roles in a Religious Context. Reproductive and Sexual Health Rights: 15 Years after the International Conference on Population and Development.” FIGO World Report on Women's Health. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 106:2 (2009). 151-155
“Be Fruitful and Multiply…Except…Contraception in Judaism: Balancing Competing Values.” Religious Perspectives on Reproductive Ethics, edited by Dena Davis. New York: Oxford University Press. 2019
“Anonymous Intimacy: Orthodox Jewish Women as Legal Advisors on the Internet.” In Digital Judaism, edited by Heidi Campbell, 74-90. New York: Routledge, 2015.
Commentary and Roundtable Contributions
“Immersing in Climate Change.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. 33.2 (2017). 162-167.
Henning, Alyssa, Michal Raucher, and Laurie Zoloth. “A Jewish Response to the Vatican?” American Journal of Bioethics 9:11 (2009). 37-39.
Zoloth, Laurie, Leilah Backus, Teresa Woodruff, Alyssa Henning and Michal Raucher. “Like/As Metaphor and Meaning in Bioethics Narrative,” American Journal of Bioethics 8:6 (2008). W3-W5
Review of Michal Kravel-Tovi, When the State Winks: The Performance of Jewish Conversion in Israel. Religious Studies Review (Forthcoming)
Review of Jonathan Saks, The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Class of Civilizations. The New Jewish Canon, edited by Claire Sufrin and Yehuda Kurtzer (Forthcoming 2020).
Blog Posts (Peer reviewed)
Blog Posts (not peer reviewed)
I teach and lecture on a wide range of topics, including reproduction in Israel, Jewish ethics, Jewish women, and Jewish feminism. For a sample of my teaching style, see this lecture:
2019: CrossCurrents Summer Research Collquium, Auburn Theological Seminary, “Pronatalism and Reproductive Justice in Judaism.”
2016-2017: American Academy of Religion, Individual Research Grant, “Tapping on the Stained Glass Ceiling,” $5,000
2016-2017: Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Research Grant, “Tapping on the Stained Glass Ceiling,” $4,000
2015-2016: Israel Institute, Research Grant, “Orthodox Female Clergy in Israel and America,” $8,195
2010-2011: Wenner Gren Foundation, Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, “Haredi Reproductive Ethics,” $12,995
2010-2011: Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, Doctoral Scholarship, “Haredi Reproductive Ethics,” $4,000
2009-2010: Fulbright Fellowship, Institute of International Education, “Haredi Reproductive Ethics.”
American Academy of Religion
Feminist Studies in Religion, board member, co-chair of E-Feminist Studies in Religion
Editorial board member, Journal of Jewish Ethics
Vice President, Society of Jewish Ethics
Association for Jewish Studies
Association for Israel Studies