Bar-Ilan University
Rose & Henry Zifkin Teaching Fellowship

Research Topic

Jewish "Royal Alliance" or Early Modern Political Agency? Portuguese Conversos and the Question of Sovereignty


Claude (Dov) B. Stuczynski is an assistant professor at the Department of General History at Bar-Ilan University. His two main fields of research explore the Converso phenomenon—mainly in Portugal—and early modern encounters between Europeans and non-Europeans—mainly Amerindians. He is interested in the relationship between religion and politics in medieval and early modern periods. In past years he taught at the Department of History at Tel-Aviv University and is now a current board member of the Center for the Study of Conversions within Abrahamic Religions at Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva. 



Examining the boundary between Judaism and other religions with a concurrent study of parallel social and religious phenomena and historical contexts.


Asking if and how Jewish history, culture, and experience offered new paradigms with which to engage the politicaland, conversely, how mainstream political theories might expand Jewish studies in new and productive directions.