Devin E. Naar

  • Associate Professor
  • Isaac Alhadeff Professor of Sephardic Studies
  • Sephardic Studies Program Chair

Ph.D. Stanford University, 2011, B. A. Washington University in St. Louis

Fields: Modern Jewish History, Sephardic Jewry, Ottoman Empire and Greece, Transnational histories
Phone: 206-616-6202
Office: THO 226 | Office Hours: By Appointment Only

In Progress: A book manuscript based on “Jewish Salonica and the Making of the ‘Jerusalem of the Balkans,’ 1890-1943,” winner of the 2011 Elizabeth Spilman Rosenfield Prize awarded annually to the best written dissertation in the Department of History at Stanford University. “The Foundations of Salonican Jewish Historiography, 1892-1940,” an article under preparation for a special issue of the journal, Jewish History (abstract accepted). Forthcoming: “Removing the ‘Shroud of Forgetfulness’: The Dispersal and Recovery of the Archives of the Jewish Communities of Greece,” in Eyal Ginio, ed., The Jews of Greece (Jerusalem: Ben Zvi Institute) (in Hebrew translation).


“Sephardic Jews,” in Jeffrey Cole, ed., Ethnic Groups of Europe: An Encyclopedia (Oxford: ABC-CLIO, 2011), 329-333.

“Reformuler l’identité, réinventer la patrie. Juifs judéo-hispanophones en Amérique, entre Salonique etSefarad,” in Esther Benbassa, ed., Itinéraires sépharades. Complexité et diversité des identités (Paris: l’Université Paris-Sorbonne, 2010), 63-78.

“Between ‘New Greece’ and the ‘New World’: Salonican Jews en route to New York,” Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora 35, no. 2 (Fall 2009): 45-89.

“From the ‘Jerusalem of the Balkans’ to the ‘Goldene Medina’: Jewish Immigration from Salonika to the United States,” American Jewish History 93, no. 4 (Dec. 2007): 435-473.

With Their Own Words: Glimpses of Jewish Life in Thessaloniki Before the Holocaust (Thessaloniki: The Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, 2006). (48-page exhibition catalog in English and Greek).

“A Twentieth Century Diaspora: the Great Fire of 1917 and Jewish Emigration from Salonika,”Slideshow: Journal of the Center for Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, no. 2 (Spring 2005): 1-12.