Samuel W. and Goldye Marian Spain Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program in Jewish Studies
Dr. McDonald is the Samuel W. and Goldye Marian Spain Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program in Jewish Studies. His research focuses on the anthropology and history of modern Spain, with a particular emphasis on contemporary Jewish life in Spain and the Sephardic diaspora. He is currently working on a book manuscript provisionally titled Return to Sepharad: Jews, Spain, and Europe's Moral Order. His broader research and teaching interests include race, religion, and kinship; migration, citizenship, and mobility; conversion and subjectivity; law and ethics; liberalism and multiculturalism; empire/colonialism; queer studies; experimental ethnography; Spain; Europe; and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
His research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, Wenner-Gren Foundation, Center for Jewish History, American Academy for Jewish Research, and the Posen Foundation. Before coming to Rice, he taught at the New School and has held visiting research positions at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Since 2015, he has been the Managing Director of the Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI), a residential fellowship at the New School for Social Research that hosts scholars from around the world.
PhD, New School for Social Research, Anthropology and Historical Studies, 2019