Dr Lea Taragin-Zeller


Postdoctoral Affiliate

College Jobs

  • Postdoctoral Affiliate

University Jobs

  • Research Fellow, Woolf Institute & Affiliated Researcher, ReproSoc (Reproductive Sociology Research Group), Department of Sociology


Email: lz378@cam.ac.uk



Lea completed her PhD in Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2018. As part of her training, she was a fellow at the inter-disciplinary program of “Human Rights and Judaism” at the Israeli Democracy Institute. She also spent a year as a visiting graduate student in Social Anthropology at Newnham (2016-2017).

She is currently a research fellow at the Woolf Institute and an affiliated researcher at the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc) at the University of Cambridge. She is also a Jewish Chaplain at the University of Cambridge.

Research Interests

Lea is a social anthropologist with broad research interests spanning the fields of religion, gender and sexuality studies, everyday ethics and the social study of reproduction.

Underlying many of her research projects are questions about how male and female bodies are shaped by textual traditions; and how religion is reproduced as particular convictions gain and lose their force at certain moments in history. In her work, these inquiries have been explored through ethnographic-based studies of modesty, contraception and the politics of reproductive health in Judaism and Islam in contemporary Israel and the UK.

Her current research project “Religious Sisterhood: Encounters of Gender, Religion and Belonging in the UK” examines the ways Jewish and Muslim women come together to share common difficulties and strive to achieve social, cultural and civic change in a growing Islamaphobic and anti-Semitic Europe. Whereas former studies have often focused on distinct groups and analysed the particular ways religious members make sense of their inner-communal conflicts, she explores how gendered identities are constructed in conjunction with, and in contrast to others.

Besides her commitment to academic excellence, Lea is an avid singer, with a particular love for choral singing.