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Jessica Vance Roitman is Professor of Jewish Studies in the Faculty of Religion and Theology. She is a social and cultural historian with a focus on Jews in chronologies ranging from the early modern period through the 19th century. Her research interests are in Caribbean, Atlantic, and Colonial (Jewish) histories. In particular, her work looks at the intersection of 'minorities', ethnicity, and religion in colonial spaces.

Jessica Roitman co-leads the research programme Traces of the Transcendent for the Research Institute CLUE+.

In addition to her research, she teaches courses on Antisemitism, Islamophobia, Jews and Judaism, Amsterdam Jewish Culture, and Religious Heritage in Amsterdam. She supervises BA, MA, and PhD theses on these topics. She is editor-in-chief for the Journal of Early American History and on the editorial board of Jewish Historical Studies. 

Academic qualification

History, PhD, Universiteit Leiden

Award Date: 25 Jun 2009

Latin American Studies, Master, Vanderbilt University

Award Date: 24 May 1996

Religion, Bachelor, Maryville College

Award Date: 21 May 1993

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  • Jewish
  • History
  • Caribbean History
  • Dutch History
  • Dutch Caribbean History
  • Jewish Caribbean History
  • Colonialism
  • Ethnicity
  • Diaspora
  • Migration


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