I research race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in pop culture, focusing on masculinity and Jewish identity. For example, think of Drake, Zac Efron, or Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer's" masculine" comedy in Broad City. 

Book Project

Masculinity, Race & Jewish Stardom. Will submit proposal to Oxford, SUNY, Rutgers, Texas, and Indiana University Presses, summer 2020.

Academic Articles & Conference Panels

Please see CV.



Courses Taught

  • Intro to Gender Studies

  • Intro to Film & Media Studies

  • Masculinity, Race & Nation

  • Women in Hollywood Film

  • TV's New Jews

  • Racial & Gender "Passing" Onscreen


In 2013, I co-founded a holistic sex-ed and rape-prevention program at the Ohio State University with my colleague MacRorie Dean. The program now serves 2,000 students per year in Greek chapters, first-year orientations, and classrooms. This program destigmatizes sex and makes sex-ed a great time (yes, really!) by using the feminist pedagogy of laughter. See my TEDx Talk for more.


You Be You! The Kid's Guide to Gender, Sexuality & Family

Order here.

School Library Journal: "This inclusive and respectful guide should be part of all curricula about family, gender and sexuality."

Publisher's weekly: "Writing in warm, assuring prose...Branfman urges readers to think about identity as ever-evolving."

19 translated editions include Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, and Russian.

I wrote "You Be You!" to make feminist education more accessible beyond the classroom.  This illustrated children's book makes gender identity, sexual orientation and family diversity easy to explain for ages 7 and up. It also covers privilege, discrimination, intersectionality, and allyship.