University of Southern California
Thomas and Elissa Ellant Katz Fellowship

Research Topic

The Extraterritorial Mediterranean: Jews, Sovereignty, and Law in the Nineteenth Century


Jessica Marglin is an associate professor of religion, Law, and history, as well as the Ruth Ziegler Early Career Chair in Jewish Studies at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on the history of Jews and Muslims in North Africa and the Mediterranean, with a particular emphasis on law.

Marglin received her PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. She has previously held fellowships at Princeton University, Yeshiva University, the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, and the Institut d’Études Avancées in Paris.

Selected publications

  • The Shamama Case: Contesting Citizenship across the Modern Mediterranean (Princeton University Press, forthcoming)
  • coedited with Matthias Lehmann, Jews and the Mediterranean (Indiana University Press, 2020)
  • Across Legal Lines: Jews and Muslims in Modern Morocco (Yale University Press, 2016)



Studying law between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries, an age of transition from a world of empires to the modern age of the nation-state and international law.