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Aviva Ben-Ur


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(413) 577-0649

731 Herter Hall

Prof. Ben-Ur specializes in Atlantic Jewish history and slavery studies. She is the author of Remnant Stones: The Jewish Cemeteries and Synagogues of Suriname: Essays (Hebrew Union College Press, 2012) and Remnant Stones: The Jewish Cemeteries of Suriname: Epitaphs (Hebrew Union College Press, 2009), both co-authored with Rachel Frankel; and Sephardic Jews in America: A Diasporic History (New York University Press, 2009).

Her articles and reviews have appeared in the following journals: Immigrants and Minorities; Jewish Social Studies; American Jewish History; American Jewish Archives; Jewish History; and Studies in Bibliography and Booklore.

She holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of History and in the Programs in Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature.

Awards and Accolades

  • Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • American Council of Learned Societies/SSRC/NEH
  • Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture; John Carter Brown Library, Brown University

Courses Recently Taught

  • The Jewish People II: Medieval to Modern Times
  • Sustainability in Comparative Religious Perspective
  • Jews in Greco-Roman Antiquity
  • American Diversity
  • Slavery in Comparative Religious Perspective
  • Jewish History Through Biography
  • Jewish Utopia/Dystopia
  • Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Medieval World
  • American Jewish Diversity
  • Sephardic Literatures and Cultures of the Spanish Diaspora
  • Jewish Travelers and Travel Liars
  • The Jewish Experience in America