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Scholarly Publications

Three Episodes of Jewish Travel in the Seventeenth Century (Princeton: Markus Wiener, forthcoming).

Judeoconversos and Afroiberians in the Early Modern Christian Atlantic, 2nd rev. ed. of Swimming the Christian Atlantic: Judeoconversos, Afroiberians and Amerindians in the Seventeenth Century (Princeton: Markus Wiener, forthcoming).

“The Return of the Tribe: Jews, Counterculture and Native Americans,” Common Knowledge (forthcoming).

“New Christian Slave Traders: A Literature Review and Research Agenda,” The Sephardic Atlantic: Colonial Histories and Postcolonial Perspectives, ed. Sina Rauschenbach and Jonathan Schorsch (New York: Palgrave, 2019).

“Olive Oil, Anointing and Ecology,” Ritual Dynamics in Judaism and Christianity, ed. Claudia Bergmann and Benedikt Kranemann (Leiden: Brill, 2019).

“Revisiting Blackness, Slavery and Jewishness in the Early Modern Sephardic Atlantic,” Religious Changes and Cultural Transformations in the Early Modern Western Sephardi Communities, ed. Yosef Kaplan (Leiden: Brill, 2019), 512-40.

The Food Movement, Culture and Religion: A Tale of Pigs, Christians, Jews and Politics (New York: Palgrave, 2018).

“Modern Angels, Avant Gardes and the Esoteric Archive,” Lux in Tenebris: The Visual and the Symbolic in Western Esotericism, Conference Proceedings of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism 3rd International Conference, Szeged, Hungary, 6-10 July, 2011, ed. Peter J. Forshaw (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 397-424.

“Julian Voss-Andreae, Angel of the West,” Essay, in Conversations: An Online Journal of the Center for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion (2016),

“Jews and Slavery in the Dutch Colonial Orbit,” Joden in de Cariben: Vier eeuwen joodse geschiedenis in Suriname en Curaçao, ed. Julie-Marthe Cohen (Amsterdam: Walburg Press/Jewish Historical Museum, 2015), 114-127; volume accompanying exhibition, solicited contribution.

”Jews and Blacks,” Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History, ed. Trevor Burnard (published 10.30.14;

“John White Alexander’s The Apotheosis of Pittsburgh,” an entry in Frequencies, an online compendium and collaborative genealogy of spiritual objects, curated by Kathryn Lofton and John Lardas Modern, a project of The Immanent Frame (a blog of the Social Science Research Council) and Killing the Buddha (posted September 2011;

Swimming the Christian Atlantic: Judeoconversos, Afroiberians and Amerindians in the Seventeenth Century; The Atlantic World: Europe, Africa and the Americas, 1500–1830, vol. 17; 2 vols. (Leiden: Brill, 2009).

“Transformations in the Manumission of Slaves by Jews from East to West: Pressures from the Atlantic Slave Trade,” in Paths to Freedom: Manumission in the Atlantic World, ed. Rosemary Brana-Shute and Randy J. Sparks (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2009).  An essay from a 2000 conference (see below); long-delayed conf. proceedings.

“Mosseh Pereyra de Paiva: An Amsterdam Portuguese Jewish Merchant Abroad in the Seventeenth Century,” The Dutch Intersection: The Jews and the Netherlands in Modern History, ed. Yosef Kaplan (Leiden: Brill, 2008), 63-85.

“Disappearing Origins: Sephardic Autobiography Today,” Prooftexts 27,1 (2007): 82-150.

“Early Modern Sephardim and Blacks: Contact and Conflict between Two Minorities,” in Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry: From the Golden Age of Spain to Modern Times, ed. Zion Zohar (New York: New York University Press, 2005), 239-58.

“Cristãos-novos, judaísmo, negros e cristianismo nos primórdios do mundo atlântico moderno: uma visão segundo fontes inquisitoriais,” in Diálogos da conversão: missionários, índios, negros e judeus no contexto ibero-americano do período barroco, ed. Lúcia Helena Costigan (Campinas, SP [Brazil]: Unicamp, 2005), 155-84.

“Blacks, Jews and the Racial Imagination in the Writings of Sephardim in the Long Seventeenth Century,” Jewish History (Haifa University) 19,1 (Winter 2005): 109-35.

Jews and Blacks in the Early Modern World (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004).  Winner, Salo Wittmayer Baron Book Prize, American Academy for Jewish Research.  Released in paperback in 2009.

“Jewish Ghosts in Germany,” Jewish Social Studies 9,3 (Spring/Summer 2003): 139-69.

“Portmanteau Jews: Sephardim and Race in the Early Modern Atlantic World,” Jewish Culture and History 4, no. 2 (Southampton University; Winter 2001): 59-74.  Special issue on Port Jews: Jewish Communities in Cosmopolitan Maritime Trading Centres, 1550-1950.

“American Jewish Historians, Colonial Jews and Blacks, and the Limits of Wissenschaft: A Critical Review,” Jewish Social Studies 6, no. 2  (Winter 2000): 102-132.

Edited Volumes

The Sephardic Atlantic: Colonial Histories and Postcolonial Perspectives, ed. Sina Rauschenbach and Jonathan Schorsch (New York: Palgrave, 2019).

Other Relevant Publications

“Looking for an Ecological God,” Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh, ed. Martin S. Cohen, Saul Berman and David Birnbaum (New York: New Paradigm Publishing, 2019).

“The Threefold Cord is Stronger than the Single Strand,” Social Justice and Peoplehood, The Peoplehood Papers, 21 (Jerusalem: Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education 2018), 24-26.

“Sabbath for the Anthropocene Age,” One World – Many Faiths: Religious Contributions to Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation, Berliner Reihe für Mission, Ökumene und Dialog (Berlin: Wichern Verlag, 2018).

“Swinging between Enough and Not Enough,” invited contribution for Is This all There is?, a special project of The Immanent Frame (a blog of the Social Science Research Council) to mark its tenth anniversary, curated by Courtney Bender and Nancy Levene; posted 20 February 2018;

“Pact With the Devil?” Q&A about Jews, slavery and slave trading by Elliot Jager, The Jager File;; 7 August 2015.

“Pigging Out: What ‘Radically Unkosher’ Jewish Foodies Like Michael Pollan are Missing,” Religion Dispatches, 21 January 2014;  Selected as an Editor’s Pick by, 1/23/14.

“Food Crops Should Feed People, Not Motors,” Times of Israel, 17 February 2013;

“Religion and Secularism: Together Forever,” AJS Perspectives Fall 2011: 12-15.

“Involuntary Transit through Evolving Consciousness,” Sh’ma, June 2010: 17-18.  Final column in Avram’s Father’s Idols: A Yearlong Conversation.

“Disappearing Origins: Some Recent Postmodern (?) Sephardic Autobiographies, a Collective Review [Hebrew],” Eretz Aḥeret 33 (April-May 2006): 78-81.

Response to Bertrell Ollman, “My Letter of Resignation from the Jewish People,” Tikkun magazine (Jan./Feb. 2005).

“Giving Thanks to Elijah the Prophet in Indian Manhattan,” Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture (Jan. 2005).  Reportage on a Bnei Israel ceremony giving thanks to Eliyahoo HaNavi.

“Losing What Would Be? A Response to Mitchell Hart.” Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility (Dec. 2002), special issue on Jewish studies.

“Finding the Right Shul: An American Dilemma” [Hebrew], Eretz Aḥeret 13 (Nov.-Dec. 2003): 14-17.

“A Passover in Mallorca,” European Judaism 35, no. 1 (Spring 2002): 127-43.  Reportage based on a personal trip, history of the local conversos or chuetas.

“Israel, A Land of Asphalt and Cement? A Conversation with Israeli Environmentalist Yoav Sagi,” Tikkun magazine (Jan./Feb. 2002).

“Israeli Cable Radio Faces Only West.” In News and Views, an electronic journal of Ivri-Nasawi (New Association of Sephardi/Mizrahi Artists and Writers International), Oct. 16, 2000.

“Making Judaism Cool,” Tikkun magazine (March/April 2000). Review essay of new “radical” Jewish music and culture; reprinted in The Columbia Documentary History of Religion in America Since 1945, ed. Paul Harvey and Philip Goff (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005), 361-68; and in The Best Contemporary Jewish Writing, ed. Michael Lerner (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2001), 331-38.