University of Southern California
Ellie and Herbert D. Katz Distinguished Fellowship

Research Topic

The Place of the Jew in the Law of Religious Liberty


Nomi Stolzenberg holds the Nathan and Lily Shapell Chair at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. Her research spans a range of interdisciplinary interests, including law and religion, law and liberalism, law and feminism, law and psychoanalysis, and law and literature. She is currently working on the subject of religious liberty theory and “faith-based discrimination.”

Stolzenberg received her JD from Harvard University. She has taught at Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Columbia Law School. At the USC Gould School, she helped establish the USC Center for Law, History, and Culture, which she currently codirects.

Selected publications

  • with David N. Myers, American Shtetl: The Making of Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Village in Upstate New York (Princeton University Press, 2022)
  • “As If: Anne Dailey and the New Fictionalism,” Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 31.1 (2020)



Studying law between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries, an age of transition from a world of empires to the modern age of the nation-state and international law.


Engaging in a critical analysis of secularization, the secular, and secularism, and their effects on religious, intellectual, and political life.