Professor Modan teaches Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Ethnography, Place and Space Theory, Ethnicity, and Jewish Studies. Her research focuses on the interplay between social and spatial identities, with an emphasis on ethnicity and community formation. She has written on such topics as Jews and conceptions of Whiteness, discourses of gentrification and fear, and Jewish women’s attitudes toward conflict talk. Her research involves images of Jews in Dutch public culture, with a focus on Amsterdam.
Other interests include ethnicity, gentrification, urban planning, narrative, intercultural communication, language variation. She is the author of Turf Wars: Discourse, Diversity and the Politics of Place, and articles in linguistics, anthropology, and urban studies journals on the topics mentioned above.