Department of History

Paola Tartakoff
Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and History
Degree: Ph.D., Columbia
Additional Degree(s): B.A., Harvard
Rutgers : At Rutgers since 2007
Specialty: Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History
Office: Miller Hall - Room 116, 14 College Ave
Phone: 848-932-1620




Paola Tartakoff studies the social and cultural history of Jews and Christians in medieval and early modern Europe. She is particularly interested in conversion to and from Judaism, the medieval and Spanish inquisitions, and ritual murder accusations. Her first book was based on archival research conducted in Catalonia, Aragon, and Valencia. Her current work explores Western Europe and the Mediterranean more broadly.


  • 090:295 Muslims, Christians and Jews: Conflict and Coexistence (honors seminar)
  • 506:271/563:201/685:208 Jewish Society and Culture I: Antiquity and the Middle Ages
  • 510:101 The Development of Europe, Part I
  • 510:388/563:388 Jewish-Christian Relations through the Ages
  • 563:314/510:314 Jews, Heretics, and the Inquisition
  • 563:464/506:402 Jewish Identities in the Medieval Mediterranean



  • Conversion, Circumcision and Ritual Murder in Medieval Europe, under review.
  • Between Christian and Jew: Conversion and Inquisition in the Medieval Crown of Aragon (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, Middle Ages Series, 2012).


  • "Gendering Medieval Jewish-Christian Conversion: Social and Cultural Perspectives," in preperation.
  • “From Conversion to Ritual Murder: New Perspectives on Medieval Christian Views of Circumcision,” Medieval Encounters (2018), forthcoming.
  • “Testing Boundaries: Jewish Conversion and Cultural Fluidity in Medieval Europe, 1200-1391,” Speculum 90 (July 2015), 728-62.
  • “Conversion and Return to Judaism and the Charge of Jewish Proselytizing in Medieval Europe, 1150-1350,” in Contesting Conversion in the Medieval World, ed. Yaniv Fox and Yosef Schwartz (Farnam, UK: Ashgate Publishing), forthcoming.
  • "Segregatory Legislation and Jewish Religious Influence on Christians in the Thirteenth Century," in Medieval Minorities: Law and Multiconfessional Societies in the Middle Ages, ed. John Tolan, Capucine Nemo-Pekelman, Jerzy Mazur and Youna Masset, forthcoming.
  • "Of Purity, Piety, and Plunder: Jewish Converts and Poverty in Medieval Europe," in Converts and Conversion to and from Judaism, ed. Theodor Dunkelgrun and Pawel Maciejko (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, Jewish Culture and Contexts Series), forthcoming.
  • “The Toledot Yeshu and the Jewish-Christian Controversy in the Medieval Crown of Aragon,” in Toledot Yeshu Reconsidered, ed. Peter Schaefer, Michael Meerson, and Yaacov Deutsch (Berlin: Mohr Siebeck, 2011), 297-309.
  • “Christian Kings and Jewish Conversion in the Medieval Crown of Aragon,” Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies 3 (2011): 27-39.
  • “Jewish Women and Apostasy in the Medieval Crown of Aragon, c.1300-1391,” Jewish History 24.1 (2010), 7-32.


  • Review of Entangled Histories: Knowledge, Authority, and Jewish Culture in the Thirteenth Century, ed. Elisheva Baumgarten, Ruth Mazo Karras, and Katelyn Mesler (Philadelphia, 2016), in Jewish History, forthcoming.
  • Review of Benjamin Gampel, Anti-Jewish Riots in the Crown of Aragon and the Royal Response, 1391–1392 (New York, 2016), in The American Historical Review, forthcoming.

  • Review of David Nirenberg, Neighboring Faiths. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in the Middle Ages and Today (Chicago, 2014), in The Association for Jewish Studies Review 40 (2016): 175-77.
  • Review of James Amelang, Parallel Histories: Muslims and Jews in Inquisitorial Spain (Louisiana State, 2013), in The Association for Jewish Studies Review 38 (2014): 463-66.
  • Review of Jonathan Ray, ed., The Jew in Medieval Iberia 1100-1500 (Boston, 2012), in The Medieval Review, September 2012
  • Review of Robin Vose, Dominicans, Muslims, and Jews in the Medieval Crown of Aragon (Cambridge, 2009), in Sefarad 70 (2010): 512-14.
  • Review of Nina Caputo, Nahmanides in Medieval Catalonia: History, Community, and Messianism (Notre Dame, IN, 2008), in The Medieval Review, August 2008.


  • Israel Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem
  • European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship
  • Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, Rutgers University
  • Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
  • Fulbright Scholarship to Spain
  • Richard Hofstadter Fellowship
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies


  • American Historical Association
  • Association for Jewish Studies
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Mediterranean Seminar
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Society of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies

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