Elisheva Baumgarten is the Prof. Yitzchak Becker Chair for Jewish Studies and professor in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry and the Department of History.  Her research focuses on the social history of the Jews of medieval Ashkenaz. Her book Mothers and Children: Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe (Princeton, 2004) won the Koret Prize for the Best Book in Jewish History (2005) and the AJS Schnitzer award for the Best Book in Gender Studies (2008).She is the author of many articles and the editor of half a dozen collections of essays. Her second book Practicing Piety in Medieval Ashkenaz: Men, Women and Everyday Religious Observance was published by University of Pennsylvania Press in fall 2014. Her book Biblical Women and Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Ashkenaz is forthcoming.