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Sarah Abrevaya
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Jewish history, Sephardic Studies, Ottoman History, Global History, World History, Cultural History, Family History, Legal History, Economic History
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About Me

Sarah Abrevaya Stein is author or editor of nine books.  Her most recent book, Family Papers:  A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux: Macmillman, 2019), explores the intertwined histories of a single family, Sephardic Jewry, and the dramatic ruptures that transformed southeastern Europe and the Judeo-Spanish diaspora. This book also traces the history of a collection, reflecting on how one family archive came to be built and preserved, and how it knit together a family even as the historic Sephardi heartland of southeastern Europe was unraveling. In a review of Family Papers, The New York Times writes: “Stein, a UCLA historian, has ferocious research talents […] and a writing voice that is admirably light and human… All of this has produced a superb and touching book about the frailty of ties that hold together places and people.”

Stein’s books and articles have won numerous prizes, including two National Jewish Book Awards, the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Stein is also co-editor (with David Biale of UCD) of Stanford University Press Series in Jewish History and Culture and co-editor (with Tony Michels and Ken Moss) of Jewish Social Studies.

Recent Publications

Sarah Abrevaya Stein, Family Papers:  A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux: Macmillman, 2019)

Aomar Boum and Sarah Abrevaya Stein, editors, The Holocaust and North Africa (Stanford University Press, 2018)

Sarah Abrevaya Stein, Extraterritorial Dreams: European Citizenship, Sephardi Jews, and the Ottoman Twentieth Century
(University of Chicago Press, 2016).

Julia Phillips Cohen and Sarah Abrevaya Stein, editors,. Sephardi Lives: A Documentary History, 1700-1950 (Stanford University Press, 2014)

Sarah Abrevaya Stein, Saharan Jews and the Fate of French Algeria
(University of Chicago Press, 2014)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Africa, Eastern Europe, England, France, Mediterranean, Middle East, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Economic History, Family, Holocaust & Nazi Persecution, Law, World War II