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Sarah Abrevaya Stein

Professor of History, Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies, Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director, Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles

Sarah Abrevaya Stein is author or editor of nine books. Her most recent book, Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux: Macmillman, 2019), explores the intertwined histories of a single family, Sephardic Jewry, and the dramatic ruptures that transformed southeastern Europe and the Judeo-Spanish diaspora. This book also traces the history of a collection, reflecting on how one family archive came to be built and preserved, and how it knit together a family even as the historic Sephardi heartland of southeastern Europe was unraveling. In a review of Family Papers, The New York Times writes: "Stein, a UCLA historian, has ferocious research talents [...] and a writing voice that is admirably light and human… All of this has produced a superb and touching book about the frailty of ties that hold together places and people.” The Economist and Mosaic Magazine have chosen Family Papers as a Best Book of 2019.

Stein’s books and articles have won numerous prizes, including two National Jewish Book Awards, the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.


  • –present
    Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles


Guggenheim Fellow, NEH Fellowship Recipient, Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Winner, National Jewish Book Award Winner