Alma Rachel Heckman

TitleNeufeld-Levin Chair of Holocaust Studies,
Assistant Professor
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentHistory Department,
Jewish Studies
Office277 Stevenson College
Office HoursSpring 2018: Wednesdays 2:30-4:30 and by appointment
Campus Mail StopStevenson Academic Services
MailStevenson Academic Services, 1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, California
Alma Rachel Heckman

Research Interests

Modern Jewish History

North Africa and the Middle East

Labor History

Transnational Jewish Political Activism



Third Worldism


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

Hellman Fellowship for AY 2017-2018 

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

 “Multivariable Casablanca: Vichy Law, Jewish Diversity, and the Moroccan Communist Party” in Hespéris-Tamuda special issue “Jews of Morocco and the Maghreb: History and Historiography,” Vol. LI – Fascicule 3, (2016): 13-34. 

 “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. []

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).


Selected Recordings

"Beyond Casablanca: Jews in Vichy North Africa," Tajine podcast episode 4, Feb. 12, 2014.


"Jewish Citizens on Exhibit," Ottoman History Podcast, episode 126, Oct. 17, 2013.

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
HIS 194V: Fascism and Anti-Fascism: The Global Spanish Civil War
HIS 185I: Latin American Jewish History in the Modern Period