Samira Mehta Ph.D.

Samira Mehta Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Emory University: Ph.D., Religion with a focus on American Religion
Harvard University: Master of Divinity
Swarthmore College: Bachelor of Arts

Areas of Expertise

  • Religion and the Family in the United States
  • Religious Diversity in the United States
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Religion and Food
  • Religion and Popular Culture

Areas of Research

  • Beyond Chrismukkah: A Cultural History of the Christian–Jewish Blended Family from 1965 to 2010. Forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press.
  • “God Bless the Pill? Religion, Oral Contraception, and American Sexuality 1960–1980” Histories of Sexuality and Religion in the 20th Century United States, eds. Gillian Frank, Bethany Moreton, and Heather White (under review)
  • “Chrismukkah: Multicultural Millennialism” Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation , 25:1 (Winter 2015)
  • “I Chose Judaism, but Christmas Cookies Chose Me:  Food, Identity, and Familial Religious Practice in Christian/Jewish Blended Families” in Religion, Food, and Eating in North America, ed. Benjamin E. Zeller et al.  (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014)
  • “Negotiating the Interfaith Marriage Bed: Religious Difference and Sexual Intimacies” in Theology and Sexuality. 18:1 (2012) 19-41.


Courses Taught

  • REL 261 Early American Religious Life to 1865
  • REL 262 Modern American Religious Life from 1865 to the Present
  • REL 251 Islam: Ideals and Realities
  • New Course: Gender and Sexuality in American Religion