Georgetown Universityjonathan-ray

Jonathan Ray is the Samuel Eig Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Georgetown University.  He holds a B.A. from Tufts University in History and Religion, and a Ph.D. in Jewish History from The Jewish Theological Seminary. Prof. Ray specializes in medieval and early modern Jewish history, focusing on the Sephardic world.  His research explores the convivencia, or coexistence, between Christian, Muslim and Jewish societies in Iberia and throughout the broader Mediterranean region.  He is the author of The Sephardic Frontier:  The Reconquista and the Jewish Community in Medieval Iberia (Cornell University Press, 2006), After Expulsion:  1492 and the Making of Sephardic Jewry (New York:  NYU Press, 2013), and several articles on Jewish history and culture. Prof. Ray is a frequent lecturer on Jewish history and inter-faith relations at a variety of schools and other institutions, including Smithsonian and the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.

Lecture Topics: 

  • Being Jewish in Medieval Spain: A Religious Minority during the Best and Worst of Times
  • Who Was a Jew in the Middle Ages? Jews, Conversion, and the Question of Religious Identity
  • Jews in Colonial America – an Ancient People in a New World
  • Holy Lands: Sacred Places in Jewish History
  • Religion, Race, or Nation? Re-Defining Jews in the Modern World