Vanderbilt UniversityJulia Philips COhen

Julia Phillips Cohen is an Associate Professor in the Program in Jewish Studies and the Department of History at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Becoming Ottomans: Sephardi Jews and Imperial Citizenship in the Modern Era (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), which received the AJS’s 2015 Jordan Schnitzer Award in the category of “Modern Jewish History—Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania,” the 2015 Barbara Jelavich Book Prize of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the 2014 National Jewish Book Award in the category of “Writing Based on Archival Material,” and honorable mention for The American Academy for Jewish Research’s Salo W. Baron Prize for the best first book in Jewish Studies. Together with Sarah Abrevaya Stein, Cohen is also co-editor of Sephardi Lives: A Documentary History, 1700-1950 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014), which won the 2014 National Jewish Book Award in the category of “Sephardic Culture.” Her new projects include a study of Ottoman Jews’ involvement in the Oriental goods trade and another on modern Sephardi Jews’ relationship to Spain and their Spanish past.


  • Jews for Jihad? Jewish Citizens in an Islamic Empire
  • The East as a Career: Jews and the Oriental Goods Trade
  • Remembering 1492: Sephardi Jews and the Spanish Past