Judah M. Cohen is the Lou & Sybil Mervis Professor of Jewish Culture and Associate Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. He has written the books Through the Sands of Time: a History of the Jewish Community of St. Thomas, USVI
(Brandeis University Press, 2004), The Making of a Reform Jewish Cantor: Musical Authority, Cultural Investment
(Indiana University Press, 2009), and Sounding Musical Tradition: The Music of Central Synagogue
(Central Synagogue, 2011); and he co-edited The Culture of AIDS in Africa
(Oxford University Press, 2011). His research explores Jewish cultural expression as a dynamic and ever-changing process, created and recreated over time by artists, religious leaders, philosophers and activists.