Aron Rodrigue

Charles Michael Professor in Jewish History and Culture

At Stanford Since

Ph.D., History, Harvard University; A.M., History, Harvard University; B.A., History, University of Manchester, England, (First Class Honours)
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Research Interests

  • Modern Jewish History
  • History and culture of Sephardic Jews
  • The Jews of Modern France
  • The Ottoman Empire



  • A Voice from Ottoman Salonica: The Ladino Memoir of Sa’adi Besalel a-Levi, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012 (edited and with an Introduction with Sarah Abrevaya Stein; Translation, Transliteration, and Glossary by Isaac Jerusalmi).
  • Sephardi Jewry: A History of the Judeo-Spanish Community, 14th-20th Centuries, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000 (with Esther Benbassa).
    Also published in French, Hebrew, Turkish, Portuguese, Russian, Rumanian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, German, and Macedonian.
  • Images of Sephardi and Eastern Jewries in Transition, 1860-1939: The Teachers of the Alliance Israélite Universelle, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1993 (paperback title Jews and Muslims: Images of Sephardi and Eastern Jewries in Transition, 2003).
    Also published in French and Hebrew.
  • A Sephardi Life in Southeastern Europe: The Autobiography and Journal of Gabriel Arie (edited with Esther Benbassa), Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1998. English version of  Une vie judéo-espagnole à l'Est: Gabriel Arié, Paris: Les Editions du Cerf, 1992.
  • (edited) Ottoman and Turkish Jewry: Community and Leadership, Bloomington: Indiana University Turkish Studies Series, 1992.
  • (edited catalogue with introduction) Guide to Ladino Materials in the Harvard College Library, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard College Library, 1992.    
  • French Jews, Turkish Jews: The Alliance Israélite Universelle and the Politics of Jewish Schooling in Turkey, 1860-1925, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990. Also published in Turkish.     


  • “Reflections on Millets and Minorities: Ottoman Legacies” in Riva Kastoryano, ed., Turkey between Nationalism and Globalization, London: Routledge, 2013.
  • "The Jew as the Original "Other": Difference, Antisemitism, and Race" in Hazel Rose Markus and Paula Moya, eds. Doing Race: 21 Essays for the 21st Century, New York: W. W. Norton, 2010.
  • "La mission éducative (1860-1939)"  in André Kaspi, ed., Histoire de l'Alliance Israélite Universelle: De 1860 à nos jours, Paris: Armand Colin, 2010.
  • ”L’Etat impérial ottoman et les politiques de déportation” in Bertrand Badie and Yves Deloye , ed., Le Temps de l’Etat: Mélanges en l’honneur de Pierre Birnbaum, Paris: Fayard, 2007, pp. 185-202.
  • “Jewish Enlightenment and Nationalism in the Ottoman Balkans: Barukh Mitrani in Edirne in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century” in Molly Greene, ed., Minorities in the Ottoman Empire: A Reconsideration, Princeton: Marcus Wiener, 2005, pp. 73-88.
  • “Totems, Taboos, and Jews: Salomon Reinach and the Politics of Scholarship in Fin-de-Siècle France, Jewish Social Studies: History, Culture, and Society (new series), 10 (Winter 2004), pp. 1-19.
  • “Comment: The French and German Jewish “Civilizing Mission” in the Middle of the Nineteenth Century” in  Michael Brenner, Vicki Caron, and Uri D. Kaufmann, eds.,  Jewish Emancipation Reconsidered: The French and German Models (Schriftenreihe Wissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen Des Leo Baeck Instituts, 66), Philadelphia: Coronet Books, 2003, pp. 121-128.
  • “The Ottoman Balkans” in Reeva S. Simon, Michael M. Laskier, Sara Reguer,  eds., The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa in Modern Times, New York: Columbia University Press, 2003, pp. 292-302.
  • “The Mass Destruction of Armenians and Jews in the 20th Century in Historical Perspective” in Hans-Lukas Kieser and Dominik J. Schaller, eds., Der Völkermord and den Armeniern und die Shoah, Zürich: Chronos Verlag, 2002, pp. 303-316.
  • “The Ottoman Diaspora: The Rise and Fall of Ladino Literary Culture” in David Biale, ed., Cultures of the Jews: A New History, New York: Schocken Books, 2002, pp. 863-885.
  • “Der Balkan vom 15. Bis zum 20. Jahrhundert” in Elke-Vera Kotowski, Julius H. Schoeps, Hiltrud Wallenborn, eds., Handbuch zur Geschichte der Juden in Europa, Darmstadt: Primus Verlag (2001), Vol. I, pp. 296-324.
  • “Léon Halévy and Modern French Jewish Historiography” in Elisheva Carlebach, John Efron, David Myers, eds., History, Jews, and Memory, Hanover: University Press of New England (1998), pp. 413-427.
  • “Les enfants de Crémieux: Devenir de l’Alliance Israélite Universelle,” Les Cahiers du Judaïsme, 1 (1998), pp. 94-100.
  • “Rearticulations of French Jewish Identities after the Dreyfus Affair,” Jewish Social Studies: History, Culture, and Society (New Series), 2 (Fall 1996), pp. 1-26.
  • “Eastern Sephardi Jewry and New Nation-States in the Balkans in the 19th and 20th centuries” in Harvey Goldberg, ed., Sephardi and Middle Eastern Jewries: History and Culture, Bloomington: Indiana University Press (1996), pp. 81-88.
  • “Difference and Tolerance in the Ottoman Empire,” interview by Nancy Reynolds, Stanford Humanities Review, 5 (Fall 1995), pp. 81-92. Availabe also at
  • “From Millet to Minority: Turkish Jewry in the 19th and 20th Centuries” in Pierre Birnbaum and Ira Katznelson, eds., Paths of Emancipation: Jews within States and Capitalism, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995, pp. 238-261.
  • “The Beginnings of Westernization and Communal Reform among Istanbul Jewry 1854-1865” in Avigdor Levy, ed., The Jews of the Ottoman Empire, Princeton: Darwin Press, 1995, pp. 439-456.
  • “The Sephardim in the Ottoman Empire” in Elie Kedourie, ed., Spain and the Jews: The Sephardi Experience 1492 and after, London: Thames and Hudson, 1992, pp. 162-188.
  • “Abraham de Camondo of Istanbul:  The Transformation of Jewish Philanthropy” in Frances Malino and David Sorkin, eds., From East and West:  Jews in a Changing Europe 1750-1870.  Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1990, pp. 46-56.
  • “ L'exportation du paradigme révolutionnaire: Son influence sur le judaïsme sépharade et orientale” in Pierre Birnbaum, ed., Histoire politique des Juifs de France:  Entre universalisme et particularisme,  Paris: Presses de la Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, 1990, pp. 182-195.
  • “The Alliance Israélite Universelle and the Attempt to Reform Rabbinical and Religious Instruction in Turkey” in Simon Schwarzfuchs, ed., L’Alliance dans les communautés du bassin méditerranéen à la fin du 19e siècle et son influence sur la situation sociale et culturelle, Jerusalem: Misgav Yerushalayim, 1987, pp. LIIILXX.
  • “The Westernization of Turkish Jews:  The Making of a Polyglot Community,” Tarih ve Toplum (History and Society) (in Turkish), no. 31 (July 1986), pp. 17-21.
  • “L'artisanat juif en Turquie à la fin du 19e siècle,” Turcica: Revue des Etudes turques, 17 (1985), pp. 113-126 (with Esther Benbassa). 
  • “German Popular Opinion and the Jews in the Third Reich:  Recent Publications and Trends of Research on German Society and the  ‘Jewish Question,’” Yad Vashem Studies (in English and in Hebrew), 16 (1984), pp. 421-435 (with Otto Dov Kulka). 
  • “Jewish Society and Schooling in a Thracian Town:  The Alliance Israélite Universelle in Demotica, 1897-1924,” Jewish Social Studies, 45 (Summer-Fall 1983), pp. 263-286. 


  • Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Ministère de la Culture et Communication, France, 2013
  • Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques, Ministère de l'Éducation Nationale, France, 2013 
  • Alberto Benveniste Prize (Paris) for Research in Sephardic Studies, 2011
  • Ina Levine Senior Scholar in Residence, Center for Advanced Studies, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2003-2004
  • Fellow, American Academy of Jewish Research, 2002-
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1998
  • Stanford Humanities Center Fellowship, 1998
  • National Jewish Book Council Honor Award in Sephardic Studies for the book Images..., 1994
  • Translation Grant, for the book Une vie judéo-espagnole..., Maurice Amado Foundation, 1994
  • Research Grant, Ministry for Research, France, 1992
  • Research Grant, Maurice Amado Foundation, 1991-1992
  • Finalist, National Jewish Book Council Prize in Jewish History for the book, French Jews, Turkish Jews, 1991
  • The Toledano Prize, 1989
  • Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1988-1989
  • Outstanding Young Faculty Award, Indiana University, 1988
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1988
  • Indiana University Summer Faculty Fellowship, 1988
  • Indiana University Summer Faculty Fellowship, 1987
  • Grant-in-Aid, Indiana University, 1986
  • Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Fellowship, 1985-1987

University Service (Selective)

  • Director and Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities, Stanford Humanities Center, 2008-2013
  • Chair, Department of History, Stanford University, 2005 - 2008
  • Director, Mediterranean Forum, 2005 - 2010
  • Co-Director, Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford University, 2001 - 2005

Professional Activities (Selective)

  • Co-editor, Jewish Social Studies: History, Culture, and Society (with Steven Zipperstein), 1993-2008
  • Co-editor, Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture Series, Stanford University Press (with Steven Zipperstein), 1992-2014