Jessica Hammerman

Associate Professor History

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Dr. Hammerman is a historian of Europe and the Islamic World.



Book Manuscript in Preparation

Jews and the Algerian War, 1954–1962.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

“Des Juifs Algériens Contre la Torture en Algérie” in Archives Juives, March 2015.  

“Israelites/Israelis, Muslims/Arabs: A Jewish-Muslim Battle on the World Stage (Algeria 1956)” in The Jews of Modern France, Nadia Malinovich and Zvi Kaplan, eds. (Brill, September 2016).

"From Childhood to Old Age in 24 Years: The Ecole Maïmonide in Algiers, 1940-1964" under review for Festschrift for Jane Gerber project, Brill Academic Publishing

"By Sentiment and By Status:  Remembering Crémieux during the Franco-Algerian War" (under review)

Popular Articles

2015     “Mugged by Reality: The Post-Colonial Dream of Jewish-Algerian Identity” in The Sephardi Report, Summer/ Fall 2015, pp. 12-17.

2015      “Defending a Man that I Hate (Or at Least His Right to Free speech).” The Broadside, January 29, 2015. 

2010       “Oasis Fruit.” Text/Context. The Jewish Week (Nextbook,) September 8, 2010.

2010       “Something Old, Something New: Algerian Wedding Traditions Inspired a One-of-a-kind Dress.” Text/Context. The Jewish Week (Nextbook,) June 18, 2010.

Encyclopedia Entries

2014    “What is Judaism?” Khan Academy, the Smarthistory Team.  

2014    “Jewish History to the Middle Ages,” Khan Academy, the Smarthistory Team.  

2014    “Jewish History—1750 to WWII,”  Khan Academy, the Smarthistory Team.  

2104    “Jewish History: The Postwar Period,”  Khan Academy, the Smarthistory Team.

2014     “Myriam Ben” in Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. Norman Stillman, ed. Brill Academic Publishers, New York.

2014    “Gisèle Halimi” in Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World.

2014    “Daniel Timsit” in Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World.

2010    “Jacques Lazarus” in Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. 

Book Reviews

Maybe Missed: Libya and the Holocaust: Yossi Sucary’s Benghazi-Bergen-Belsen” in Film and Fiction for French Historians, vol. 8, issue 1, October 2017.

“Review of Saharan Jews and the Fate of French Algeria by Sarah Abrevaya Stein” in Canadian Journal of History (University of Toronto Press), vol. 50, no. 2, Autumn 2015, pp. 388–90.

“Review of Neil MacMaster, Burning the Veil: The Algerian War and the ‘Emancipation’ of Muslim Women” in French History(Oxford University Press), vol. 25, no. 4, December 2011, pp. 531–33.


Awards and HONORS

2016                Finalist; Malcolm Bowie Prize from the Society of French Studies for “Des Juifs Français Contre la Torture en Algérie”

2016                US Holocaust Memorial Museum Hess Faculty Seminar Grant on the Postwar

2014                National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) Grant for Institute, North Africa

2009–12          Blanksteen Fellow, CUNY Graduate Center, Center for Jewish Studies             

2012                Maurice Amado Foundation Travel Grant, Association for Jewish Studies           

2008, 2010      J&O Winter Research Grant, Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies  

2010                Abbe and Martin Tackel Dissertation Research Travel Fellow                 

2010                Max Grill Fellowship for Conference Papers                                                     

2008–09          Sophie Bookhalter Fellow in Jewish Culture, Center for Jewish History, New York

2008–09          Randolph L. Braham Dissertation Award, CUNY Graduate Center                                

2008                Travel Research Grant, CUNY Graduate Center History Department  

2007                Dissertation Research Grant, CUNY Center for Jewish Studies             

2005                Dorot Fellow, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.                    

2003–07           Robert Gilleece Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center    


Classes Offered:

HST 104  Ancient Societies (Prehistory–500 C.E.)
HST 105  Expansion of World Religions (600 C.E. to 1700)
HST 106  Modern World History: Industrialization, Nations and War, 1800 – Present

HST 102   Europe: From the Middle Ages to Enlightenment (700-1700 C.E.)
HST 103  Europe: Revolution and War (1789 – Present)

HST 235  Sexuality in 20th-century Europe
HST 260  History of Islamic Civilizations

Jessica Hammerman, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, History