Aron Rodrigue

Aron Rodrigue

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Department of History
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Stanford, CA 94305-2024

Charles Michael Professor in Jewish History and Culture

Department of History

  • 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