Alma Rachel Heckman

TitleAssistant Professor
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentHistory Department,
Jewish Studies
Phone831-459-2465
Email
Office277 Stevenson College
Office HoursWinter 2017: Thursdays 1pm-3pm
Campus Mail StopStevenson Academic Services
MailStevenson Academic Services, 1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, California
95064
Alma Rachel Heckman

Research Interests

Modern Jewish History


North Africa and the Middle East


Labor History


Transnational Jewish Political Activism


Colonialism


Nationalism


Third Worldism


Syncretism

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. in History, UCLA, 2015.


C.Phil. in History, UCLA, 2012.


MA in History, UCLA, 2012.


B.A. in French (major) and Middle Eastern Studies (major), Wellesley College, 2009.

Honors, Awards and Grants

 


Posen Society of Fellows award for 2014-2016


UCLA International Institute International Fieldwork Fellowship for AY 2013-2014


UCLA Center for Jewish Studies Bluma Appel Fellowship for AY 2013-2014


 Ralph and Sarah Monkarsh Graduate Fellowship travel grant Summer 2013


American Academy for Jewish Research (AAJR) travel fellowship Summer 2013


Takiff Family Foundation Fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Fall 2013


UCLA Center for Jewish Studies Roter Research Travel Grant Summer 2012


FLAS grant to study Hebrew Summer 2011


Chancellor’s Prize to support Summer research 2011 and 2012


Fulbright Fellowship to Morocco, AY 2009-2010

Selected Publications

 


“Packed in Twelve Cases: The Alliance Israélite Universelle and the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair” with Frances Malino in Jewish Social Studies: History, Culture Society n.s. 19, no. 1 (Fall 2012): 53-69.


"Edmond El Maleh". The Literary Encyclopedia. 18 April 2013. [http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13227]


Numerous translations for Julia Phillips Cohen and Sarah Abrevaya Stein, eds., Sephardi Lives: A Documentary History of the Ottoman Judeo-Spanish World & Its Diaspora, 1700-1950 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014).


  

Courses Taught

HIS 74A: Introduction to Middle Eastern and North African Jewish History: Ancient to Early Modern
HIS 74B: Introduction to Middle Eastern and North African Jewish History: Early Modern to Present
HIS 185O: The Holocaust and the Arab World
HIS 194K: Jewish Radical Movements
HIS 194L: Exile, Diaspora and Displacement: Jewish Memoir from North Africa and the Middle East