Assistant professor of Jewish history
University of Denver
Sturm Hall, Suite 369
2000 E. Asbury Ave.
Denver, CO 80208
Jonathan Sciarcon joined CJS in 2010 as Assistant Professor of History and Judaic Studies. His research focuses on Ottoman Jews in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He teaches courses on the rise of Islam in the Middle East, the modern Middle East, the Crusades, the Arab-Israeli conflict and other related topics.
Jonathan spent much of summer 2011 at several British archives—including the British National Archives in London—conducting archival research on Ottoman Jewish history in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
In winter 2012, Jonathan began teaching two new courses. The first is a 3000-level history/Judaic studies course looking at the history of U.S.-Zionist and U.S.-Israeli relations since 1917.
The second is a 2000-level history course comparing social, political, and economic developments in the Ottoman and Meiji (Japan) empires in the 19th and 20th centuries. He also co-taught with his colleague, Professor Michael Gibbs in the Department of History.
In spring 2012, Jonathan's 1000-level Crusades course was cross-listed as a Judaic studies course.
In November 2010, Jonathan presented a paper at the Middle East Studies Association conference in San Diego on the change from Ottoman to Iraqi identity among Iraq's Jewish communities in the 1920s. At the same conference, he took part in a thematic roundtable discussion dedicated to the question of, "Who is an Arab Jew?"
PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara