BOSP Faculty Director Announcement

Aron Rodrigue, the Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History, will become VPUE’s Burke Family Director for Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) beginning in the Fall Quarter of 2019.


Aron is a true global citizen. A native of Istanbul, Turkey, he spent time during his youth studying abroad in the United Kingdom and France. As a faculty member, he has taught in universities in France and Germany, including the École Pratique des Hautes Études – Sorbonne and the Stanford in Paris program. In 2013, he received the honor of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Ministry of Culture.


Aron received his Ph.D. and M.A. in history from Harvard University and a B.A. in history from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. Prior to arriving at Stanford in 1991, he taught at Indiana University.


A historian of the Ottoman Empire and the Mediterranean region with a focus on the Jewish communities, Aron has taught undergraduate courses including Jews among Muslims in Modern Times, Modern Turkey, the Holocaust, and Food and Global History.


BOSP leadership has been working closely with Aron for much of the past decade. He has served on the BOSP Executive Committee since 2012, was chair of the Istanbul Program Oversight Faculty Committee from 2012-15, and was chair of the Review Committee of the Beijing Program during 2015-16.


Aron also has been deeply involved in the undergraduate experience at Stanford. In 2017, he became chair of the Breadth Governance Board that oversees the Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing (Ways) breadth system for undergraduates. He is also the former director of the Stanford Humanities Center and the Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities from 2008-13, and was chair of the Department of History from 2005-08. In addition, he was the co-director of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies from 2001-05 and was director of the Mediterranean Studies Forum in the Division of International and Comparative Studies from 2005-10.


He has authored several books including Sephardi Jewry: A History of the Judeo-Spanish Community, 14th-20th Centuries, which has been translated into 12 languages. Aron has also written nearly 30 journal articles and was the co-editor of the Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture Series—comprised of 81 published books—with Stanford University Press from 1996-2013. 


Please join us in welcoming Aron to this leadership role within BOSP.