SUNY, Binghamton
Charles W. And Sally Rothfeld Fellowship

Research Topic

Negotiating Modernity: The Marketplace of Matchmaking, Marriage, and Divorce in the Ottoman Sephardi World


Dina Danon is an assistant professor of Judaic studies at Binghamton University. While her teaching interests span the full range of Jewish history, she focuses on the Sephardi and Mizrahi communities of the Mediterranean world. Currently, she is researching the nature, function, and historical significance of the marriage marketplace in the Sephardi world during the late Ottoman period.

Danon received her PhD from Stanford University and was recently selected as one of six emerging scholars to participate in the Paula E. Hyman Mentorship Program of the Association for Jewish Studies.

Selected publications

  • The Jews of Ottoman Izmir: A Modern History (Stanford University Press, forthcoming)
  • “Sephardi Jewry” in Oxford Bibliographies in Jewish Studies, ed. D. Biale (Oxford University Press, 2014)



Delving into the meaning of modernity beyond the European, American, and Israeli contexts, looking instead to North Africa, the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and Central and South Asia.