Alon Tam was most recently a postdoctoral fellow at the School for Historical Studies at Tel Aviv University and is currently an Israel Institute Visiting Faculty member. His research interests include modern Middle East and north African history, society, and culture; Jewish, Muslim, and Christian relations; historical anthropology; gender relations; race and ethnicity in the Middle East; medieval political and social history; Islamic art, visual culture, and architecture; and Arabic literature and language.

Tam received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation titled “Coffeehouses and Coffeehouse Culture in Late 19th- and Early 20th-Century Cairo.” He is currently working on an article titled “Between French and Judeo-Arabic: Navigating Linguistic, Cultural, and Social Identities among the Jews of Tangier, Morocco.”


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Alon Tam (2018-2019)