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Alma R Heckman
  • Title
    • Neufeld-Levin Chair of Holocaust Studies
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
    • Jewish Studies
  • Affiliations Jewish Studies, Center for the Middle East and North Africa (CMENA)
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Stevenson College Academic Building, 277
  • Office Hours Spring 2024: Wednesdays 12-2pm and by appointment
  • Mail Stop Stevenson Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • Stevenson Academic Services, 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz California 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Jewish Studies and Judaism, Middle East Studies, Mediterranean Studies
  • Courses HIS 74A: Introduction to Middle Eastern and North African Jewish History: Ancient to Early Modern; HIS 074: Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures; HIS 74B: Introduction to Middle Eastern and North African Jewish History: Early Modern to Present; HIS 76: The Holocaust; HIS 185C: Communism, Nationalism, & Zionism: Comparative Radical Jewish Politics; 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

Summary of Expertise

Modern Jewish History

Modern History of North Africa and the Middle East


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

Fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (Fall 2018)    

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

 The Sultan's Communists: Moroccan Jews and the Politics of Belonging. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2021.

 “Fissures and Fusions: Moroccan Jewish Communists before, during, and after WWII,” in On the Margins of the Holocaust, Sarah Abrevaya Stein and Aomar Boum, Eds. (Stanford University Press, 2019).

“Jewish Radicals of Morocco: Case Study for a New Historiography,” in Jewish Social Studies Vol. 23, No. 30, Spring/Summer 2018: 67-100.

“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. [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).


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.