Partnering with community leaders, the Sephardic Studies Program of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington aims to establish a world-renowned program for the study, teaching, and perpetuation of Sephardic culture and the Ladino language.

The Sephardic Studies Program has already energized student, faculty, and community involvement in Sephardic history and culture through innovative research opportunities, new courses, and public lectures.

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About the Sephardic Studies Program

The Sephardic Studies Program has quickly become a world-renowned center for the study of Sephardic history and culture, as well as the Ladino language. Learn more >

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Make a gift to support Sephardic Studies at the University of Washington and its wide range of projects and programming. Learn more >

In the News

The UW Sephardic Studies Program has captured the attention of local media, national news outlets, and international venues from the UW Daily to The Jerusalem Post and Spanish radio.   See recent stories >


The UW Sephardic Studies Program gathers top scholars from around the world to participate in major conferences such as “Sephardic Jewry and the Holocaust: The Future of the Field,” organized in collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (April 2013).   Learn more >


Student Research

Ashley Bobman at Ladino Day

Both graduate and undergraduate students engage in a wide range of original research projects in Sephardic Studies through course work, independent studies, senior theses, masters theses, and PhD dissertations. Read More >

Featured Courses

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Sephardic Studies courses explore the full range of Sephardic history, language and culture, from the Middle Ages until today. All courses >

Dr. Devin Naar, Sephardic Studies Program Chair

Devin Devin NaarE. Naar is the Marsha & Jay Glazer Assistant Professor in Jewish Studies and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Washington. Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Naar graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis. Following a year in Greece as a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Naar began his PhD in History at Stanford University. Dr. Naar’s dissertation, “Jewish Salonica and the ‘Making of the Jerusalem of the Balkans,’ 1890-1943,” received the Elizabeth Spillman Rosenfeld Prize for best written dissertation in Stanford’s Department of History in 2011.

In recognition of the contributions he has already made to the study of Sephardic history, Dr. Naar was recently elected to the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History in New York. He is the only assistant professor to receive this prestigious post, where he will represent the American Sephardic Federation.

Read more about Professor Naar at his Jewish Studies faculty page.

Sephardic Studies Founders’ Circle

Our program is deeply grateful for the support of the Sephardic Studies Founders’ Circle:

Ike Alhadeff Foundation Eli & Rebecca Almo Joel & Maureen Benoliel
Harley & Lela Franco Richard & Barrie Galanti Marty & Sharon Lott