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UCLA history professor to be honored by Jewish Book Council


Sarah Abrevaya Stein, a UCLA history professor, will receive the Mimi S. Frank Award for her book on modern Jewish history March 7. (Courtesy of UCLA Newsroom)

Sarah Abrevaya Stein, a UCLA history professor, will receive the Mimi S. Frank Award for her book on modern Jewish history March 7. (Courtesy of UCLA Newsroom)


A UCLA professor will receive an award for her book on the political struggles of modern Jewish people.

The Jewish Book Council announced Wednesday that Sarah Abrevaya Stein, a history professor, will receive the Mimi S. Frank Award, which is under the National Jewish Book Award. The council began recognizing authors through the award program in 1950.

The books considered for the award must be of Jewish content and be printed and distributed in the United States, according to the award’s page.

Stein won the award for the book on modern Jewish history called “Extraterritorial Dreams: European Citizenship, Sephardi Jews, and the Ottoman Twentieth Century” which explores stories of Mediterranean Jewish individuals and families who lived through war, genocides and mass migrations. The book also examines the topics of citizenship, global politics and minority history.

Stein is the Maurice Amado Endowed Chair in Sephardic Studies at UCLA. Her academic interests include the cultural and political aspects of modern Jewish culture, according to her faculty page.

Stein is an elected member of the American Academy for Jewish Research for her distinguished teachings of Judaic studies. She is also a co-editor of the Stanford University Press Series in Jewish History and Culture, according to the faculty page.

In 2015, the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship granted Stein a scholarship to support her as an author. She won the 2010 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, and the 2003 Salo Wittmayer Baron Book Prize for Best First Book in Jewish Studies.

She will be honored March 7 at the Center for Jewish History in New York City.

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Kim is the assistant news editor for the campus politics beat. She was previously a contributor for the beat.


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