Honors College

Author Name Change

Jessica Pinkham

Document Type

Honors Thesis




Karyn Sporer

Committee Members

Steven Barkan, Melissa Ladenheim, Rabbi Darah Lerner, Amber Tierney

Graduation Year

May 2020

Publication Date

Spring 5-2020


Throughout history, Jewish Americans have been and continue to be persecuted for their religion and ethnic identity. Additionally, anti-Semitism has been a rising problem in recent years. This research seeks to understand how this national issue affects individuals in a rural community in New England. More broadly, this thesis attempts to understand how Jews in a rural community in New England experience anti-Semitism. To conduct this research, a series of interviews were collected in the region and were subsequently analyzed using a modified version of Grounded Theory. The purpose of this research is to understand the Jewish experience in a rural community in order appropriately address the issue of anti-Semitism.