Jennifer Caplan

Assistant Professor


Contact Information

Liberal Arts, Room 4140


B.A., Wellesley College, Religion and Theatre Studies
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
Ph.D., Syracuse University

Areas of Expertise

American Religion
Contemporary Judaism
Religion and Popular Culture
Gender and Sexuality


Jennifer Caplan grew up in Safety Harbor, FL but as a child of an itinerant actor and circus clown (really) she has lived all over the country. Professor Caplan joined the faculty of Towson University in 2017 after spending the previous two years at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She is currently working on an essay about post-war American Jewish masculinity in the humor of Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, and Woody Allen for a forthcoming volume on Holocaust humor, and an essay about nostalgia for a volume on Jewish women’s graphic novels. Professor Caplan is working on a manuscript tentatively titled Funny, You Don’t Look Funny: Humor and American Judaism. She teaches courses at Towson including RLST 206: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, RLST 210: Introduction to Judaism, and new courses on Jewish graphic novels, American Jewish humor, Jewish literature, and race, gender, sexuality and Judaism. Professor Caplan is an avid sports fan, largely of the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals, as well as a devoted gamer who enjoys both board games and video games on several platforms. Selected publications can be found in The Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, Shofar, The Bulletin for the Study of Religion, and AJS Review.