Andrea Most is Professor of American Literature and Jewish Studies in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of modern American literature and culture, Jewish cultural studies, the environmental humanities, food studies, theatre and performance.
Selected as a Jackman Humanities Institute Faculty Fellow on the special theme of Food for 2012-13, Prof. Most continues to conduct research on the relationship between Jews, Judaism and agriculture in the modern era, with a special focus on the contemporary Jewish food movement. She works as a co-founder and designer of Bela Farm, a centre for land-based Judaism in Southwestern Ontario and as an activist in the Jewish food movement both locally and internationally. Prof. Most’s current research and teaching focus broadly on the crucial role of the humanities in confronting environmental crisis. As part of this initiative, this year she will be completing an ecocritical memoir entitled A Pain in the Neck and developing a new experiential pedagogy for teaching in the environmental humanities. Prof. Most is cross-listed with many interdisciplinary programs including the Centre for Jewish Studies, the Department for the Study of Religion, Centre for the Study of the United States, and the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies.
Her first book Making Americans: Jews and the Broadway Musical (Harvard UP, 2004) won the 2005 Kurt Weill Prize for distinguished scholarship on music theatre. Her second book, Theatrical Liberalism: Jews and Popular Entertainment in America (NYU Press, 2013) was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Culture.
Theatrical Liberalism: Jews and Popular Entertainment in America. New York University Press, 2013.
Making Americans: Jews and the Broadway Musical. Harvard University Press, 2004.
“To Be (Or Not To Be): Ernst Lubitsch’s Irrepressible Theatrical Liberalism.” In The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope. Joel Faflak and Jason Haslam, ed. University of Toronto Press. 2013
“A Place For Us: Theatrical Liberalism and West Side Story.” Shakespeare / Adaptation / Modern Drama: Essays in Honour of Jill Levenson. Randall Martin and Katherine Scheil, eds. University of Toronto Press, 2011.
“The Birth of Theatrical Liberalism.” In After Pluralism: Re-Imagining Models of Religious Engagement. Courtney Bender and Pamela Klassen, eds. Columbia University Press, 2010. 30 pgs.
“Opening the Windshield: Death of a Salesman and Theatrical Liberalism.” Modern Drama 50.4 (2007): 551-573.
“’You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught’: The Politics of Race in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific.” Theatre Journal 52 (2000): 307-337. Winner of the ATHE Essay in Criticism Award.
“The Farmer’s in the Shul: The Contemporary Jewish Food Movement in North America. A Report From the Field(s).” Studies in Contemporary Jewry. Vol. 28, special issue on Food. Forthcoming 2014.