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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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 >
Embodying UW President Michael Young’s call to “turn the university inside out,”
the Sephardic Studies Program makes its expertise accessible to our local communities through a wide range of public events that reinforce our teaching and research goals. View events >
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 >
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 >
Sephardic Studies courses explore the full range of Sephardic history, language and culture, from the Middle Ages until today. See all courses >
Dr. Devin Naar, Sephardic Studies Program Chair
Devin E. 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 and Rebecca Almo Joel and Maureen Benoliel|
|Richard and Barrie Galanti Harley and Lela Franco|