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Katya Gibel Mevorach

b. June 18, 1952

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Katya Gibel Mevorach until we are able to commission a full entry.

In her most famous book, Black, Jewish and Interracial: It’s Not the Color of Your Skin but the Race of Your Kin and Other Myths of Identity, anthropologist Katya Gibel Mevorach (nee Azoulay) explored identity politics, “passing” as white, and other social constructs of race. Mevorach earned a BA and MA in African studies from Hebrew University in 1982 and 1988 before returning to the US to earn a PhD in anthropology from Duke University in 1995. In 1996 she began teaching at Grinnell College, chaired their Africana studies concentration from 1996–2000, and was a member of their diversity steering committee from 2002–2005. In 1997 she wrote Black, Jewish and Interracial, which interwove her own story of interracial identity with those of other black and Jewish individuals. She has written and taught extensively on race as a social construct and the myth that interracial means mixed black and white, when only twenty percent of interracial marriages in America are between black and white partners.

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