University of São Paulo
Jody Ellant and Howard Reiter Family Fellowship

Research Topic

Diaspora, Law, and Market in the Making of the Early Modern Atlantic: Portuguese Jews and New Christians in the Sugar Trade


Daniel Strum is a professor in the History Department at the University of São Paulo. He researches the judicial and reputational mechanisms that supported the expansion of markets in the trans-Atlantic trade during early modern times.

Strum received his PhD in Jewish History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been a visiting scholar at Stanford and Yale universities, and was granted the Clarival do Prado Valladares Prize in Brazilian History, the Hanadiv Fellowship in European History, and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Rector and the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology doctoral fellowships.

Selected publications

  • “Institutional Choice in the Governance of the Early Atlantic Sugar Trade: Diasporas, Markets and Courts,” Economic History Review 71.4 (2019)
  • The Sugar Trade: Brazil, Portugal, and the Netherlands (1595–1630) (Stanford University Press, 2013)




Focusing on the broad contexts in which Jewish (and Israelite) law was developed by and for Jews, and in which it operated, treating law as a necessary component for understanding the broader dynamics of culture, history, governance, and economics of each place and period.