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Dina Danon

Associate Professor; Interim Director, MENA

Judaic Studies; Middle East and North Africa Studies


Professor Dina Danon's research focuses on the eastern Sephardi diaspora during modern times and draws heavily on previously unexplored Ladino language archival material. Danon is particularly interested in social history and how its tools help revise prevailing scholarship not only on the Sephardi world but on Jewish modernity as a whole. She is currently completing her first book, entitled The Jews of Ottoman Izmir: A Modern History (forthcoming, Stanford University Press 2020). Capturing the voices of both destitute beggars and lay oligarchs, peddlers and guildsmen, housewives and rabbis, the book underscores the centrality of poverty and social class to the community's modern transformations. Her work has most recently appeared in the International Journal of Turkish Studies. Her second project, which she will develop as a fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania during the 2018-19 academic year, explores the marketplace of matchmaking, marriage, and divorce in the Ottoman Sephardi world.


  • PhD, Stanford University
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

  • Sephardi Jewry
  • Modern Jewish History

Teaching Interests

  • Sephardi Diasporas
  • Jews and Muslims
  • Sephardi Memoirs
  • Modern Jewish history


  • Fellowship - Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies University of Pennsylvania "Negotiating Modernity: The Marketplace of Matchmaking Marriage and Divorce in the Ottoman Sephardi World"
  • Faculty Fellowship - The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) Binghamton University Fall 2016 "Social Stratification in the Eastern Sepharadi Diaspora: The Case of Ottoman Izmir"