Katya Gibel Mevorach, Associate Professor


Left to right: [with children]

Ron, Dorit, Katya, and Gabriel

Katya Gibel Mevorach holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University. She received her B.A. and M.A. in African Studies from Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. Gibel Mevorach is Associate Professor in Anthropology and American Studies at Grinnell College. KGM's CV

Dr. Gibel Mevorach is author, under name, Katya Gibel Azoulay of Black, Jewish and Interracial: It's Not the Color of Your Skin but the Race of Your Kin, and Other Myths of Identity (Duke University Press, 1997). Journals in which her articles, review essays and position papers have appeared include American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Biography, Developing World Bioethics, Identities, Cultural Studies, Research in African Literatures, Noga (Israeli Feminist Journal) and The Jerusalem Post (Israel). Gibel Mevorach has dual American - Israeli citizenship. She moved to Israel in 1970 after graduating from The Brearley School in New York and returned to the U.S. in 1991 to pursue doctoral studies and was invited to join Grinnell College as a Scholar-in-Residence in January 1996. Gibel Mevorach has served as Chair of the Africana Studies Concentration from 1996-2000 and in 2003 helped initiate the transition of Africana Studies into an expanded American Studies Concentration, serving as the new Chair between 2004 and 2005. As an invited speaker at various colleges and universities around the country, she has addressed the topics of issues of identity and social science categories, "race" and the curriculum, and diversity in higher education, and was a member of Grinnell College's Diversity Steering Committee between 2002 and 2005.

Selected Articles

Mevorach, Katya Gibel. 2008 Les identités juives au miroir de l’héritage du racisme aux Etats Unis. In ed. Shmuel Trigano, Juifs & Noirs du mythe a la réalité. (Paris: Pardes 44, 2008), 119-132.

The Greater DesMoines Jewish Press. May/June 2006.

Azoulay, Katya Gibel. 2003. Not An Innocent Pursuit: The Politics of a 'Jewish' Genetic Signature. In: Developing World Bioethics, Vol. 3, No. 2 2003. Pp. 119-126.Azoulay, Katya Gibel. 2003.

Azoulay, Katya Gibel. 2001. Jewish After Mount Sinai: Jews, Blacks and the (Multi) racial Category. In: Bridges Vol. 9, No. 1 2001. Pp. 31-45.

Azoulay, Katya Gibel. 2001. Review Essay by Shahanna McKinney. Black, Jewish, And Interracial: It's Not the Color of Your Skin but the Race of Your Kin and other Myths of Identity. 1997. In: Bridges Vol. 9, No. 1 2001. Pp. 117-121.

Interpreting the Census: The Elasticity of Whiteness and the Depoliticization of Race. In: Racial Liberalism and the Politics of Urban America. Pp.155-170.

Azoulay, Katya Gibel. Injustice, Prejudice, and Peace.  New Outlook, Vol.34 No. 4 (June- August 1991), 14-15.

Azoulay, Katya Gibel.South Africa: Reflections and Lessons. In: New Outlook, Vol. 33 No.4 (April 1990) Pp. 35-37.

Azoulay, Katya Gibel. "Schora Ani" Iton Aher, April 1990, 20-21.Azoulay, Katya Gibel.. Inaccurate Equations: Racism vs. Nationalism. New Outlook, Vol. 32 no. 3-4 (March/April 1989), 38-39.

Azoulay, Katya Gibel. Elitism in the Women's Peace Camp.  Jerusalem Post (July 2, 1989).

Arieh Dayan. "Isha Yehudia, Isha Schora (Profile on Katya Azoulay)."Kol Ha'ir, September 30, 1988 (Jerusalem)