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Wartell, Rebecca Instructor


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  • Rebecca Wartell researches Sephardic Jews in the early modern period, with a particular interest in issues of refugees and migration after the Spanish Expulsion. She is interested in the economic and social dynamics between established Jewish communities, religious authority, and exiles. In her teaching, Rebecca specializes in Jewish/Christian and Jewish/Muslim historical interactions, with a particular interest in the Roman Inquisition of the sixteenth century. She has taught courses in Jewish culture and history to students of all ages and backgrounds, and enjoys helping students increase their critical thinking and analytic skills. Rebecca has a Master's degree in Theological Studies from Harvard University and will receive her PhD in History in 2019 from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She is thrilled to be living in the beautiful state of Colorado, where she is a fourth-generation native.


  • Sephardic Jews, Sephardic Diaspora, Spanish Inquisition, Roman Inquisition, Mediterranean Studies, Rabbinic texts, Jewish Mediterranean, Jewish migration history, Jewish refugees, Mediterranean trade, Cross-Atlantic Trade, Early Modern Jews,


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