College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Harriet Hartman: Professor, Sociology




Sociology for "Scientific" Eyes









Current Research

  • 2010 Berman Summer Research Fellow, North American Jewish Data Bank, ”The Effect of Jewish Identity on Family and Secular Behaviors: A Cross-Community Comparison” and Jacquet Research Award, Religious Research Association “Jewish Identity and its Influence on Secular Pursuits”


o   Abstract: Controversy over how secularized contemporary society is includes questions about how important religious identity is for everyday, mundane behaviors. The American Jewish population is an interesting case for considering this question, as Jews are reputed to be the most secular of religious groups in the United States. Nevertheless, recent research shows that Jewish identity continues to have relevance to both family behaviors and secular involvement and achievement in the labor force.  The current project proposes to consider the extent to which Jewish identity—religious or ethnic—is related to family and labor force behavior, and to determine how this interrelationship varies by region of the United States.  Data from the 2000-01 National Jewish Population Survey and more recent community surveys from Boston, New Jersey, Miami, Cleveland,  San Francisco and elsewhere will be utilized to explore regional variation (or similarity) in this relationship between Jewish identity and secular pursuits.


·       Gender and American Jews: Patterns in Work, Education, and Family in Contemporary Life, Harriet Hartman and Moshe Hartman, UPNE (Brandeis University Press), 2009

o   In Gender and American Jews, Harriet Hartman and Moshe Hartman interpret the results of the two most recent National Jewish Population Surveys. Building on their critical work in Gender Equality and American Jews (1996), and drawing on relevant sociological work on gender, religion, and secular achievement, this new book brings their analysis of gendered patterns in contemporary Jewish life right to the present moment. The first part of the book examines the distinctiveness of American Jews in terms of family behavior, labor-force patterns, and educational and occupational attainment. The second investigates the interrelationships between “Jewishness” and religious, economic, and family behavior, including intermarriage. Deploying an engaging assortment of charts and graphs and a rigorous grasp of statistics, the Hartmans provide a multifaceted portrait of a multidimensional population.

o   Based on the National Jewish Population Survey 2000-2001 (For more information on this survey, see

o   See Publications (left menu) for more publications from research in Jewish studies


·        "A Gender Lens on Rowan University's College of Engineering" (NSF Powre Grant and continuing research through Colleges of Engineering and Liberal Arts and Science)

o   Click here to see executive summary (PDF file, 256 KB) to NSF

o   Click here to see the entire research report (PDF file, 4.1 MB)

§      Cover Page (PDF file, 68 KB)

§      Table of Contents (PDF file, 56 KB)

§      Part I: Introduction (PDF file, 532 KB)

§      Part II: Findings (PDF file, 2.9 MB)

§      Part III: Summary and Conclusions (PDF file, 156 KB)

§      References (PDF file, 232 KB)

§      Appendices (PDF file, 564 KB)

o   See Publications (left menu) for more articles from the research


·       American Sociological Association Teaching Enhancement Fund Award, 2004-2005

o   "Sociology for 'Scientific' Eyes" (see left menu)


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