Leslie Ribovich is a historian of twentieth-century American religions focusing on moral reform, national identity, and social justice. She received her PhD from Princeton’s Religion Department in 2017 and is now a postdoctoral lecturer in Princeton’s Writing Program, where she teaches an interdisciplinary writing seminar on American incarceration. Her current project, based on her dissertation, is a history of how moral education in mid-twentieth century New York City public schools reveals the racialized aspects of liberal religious pluralism. Her research has been supported by Princeton’s Center for the Study of Religion and the Beinecke Scholarship.
As a graduate student, Leslie coordinated ongoing campus programs, including the Gender, Sexuality and Religion Working Group, the Religion Department’s “What is…?” Pedagogy Colloquium, and the Ethics and Politics of Ethnography series, which she founded. She also taught in two New Jersey State prisons and served as an Assistant in Instruction for the department.