Julia R. Lieberman, Ph.D.

Professor of Spanish and International Studies
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Courses Taught

Repairing the World: Social Justice through the Lenses of the Jewish Tradition (English); Spanish Mysticism and Its Muslim and Jewish Predecessors (Spanish); Israeli Culture (English); Introduction to Hispanic Literature (Spanish); Sixteenth-Seventeenth Century Spanish Prose (Spanish); Spanish Jewry (Spanish); Spanish Written Communication (Spanish); Don Quixote (Spanish)


Ph.D., Yale University, 1989
M.Phil, Yale University, 1987

Publications and Media Placements


Sephardi Family Life in the Early Modern Diaspora
, ed. Julia R. Lieberman (Brandeis University Press, 2011).

Los estudios sefardíes para estudiantes de español, ed. Julia R. Lieberman (Asheville, N.C.: Pegasus Press, 2008).

El teatro alegórico religioso de Miguel (Daniel Leví) de Barrios (Newark, Delaware: Juan de la Cuesta-Hispanic Monographs, 1996


“Adolescence and the Period of Apprenticeship among the Western Sephardim in the Seventeenth Century,” in
El Prezente 4. Studies in Sephardic Culture.  Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel (December 2010): 11-23.

“Recordando España y Portugal desde el exilio: Sermones sefardíes, 1629-1724,” in España: ¿Laberinto de exilios?, ed. Sandra Barriales-Bouche (Newark, Delaware: Juan de la Cuesta-Hispanic Monographs, 2005): 61-75.

“Mystical Metaphors in Sermons by Samuel Yahya,” in Aus den Quellen. Beitrage zur deutsch-judischen Geschichte. Festschrift für Ina Lorenz, ed. Andreas Bramer, Stephanie Schuler-Springorum, Michael Studemund-Halévy (Hamburg: Christians 2005): 121-129.

“Reconstructing the Past: How the Portuguese Jews Read Biblical Narratives,” in Proceedings of the 12th British Conference on Judeo-Spanish Studies (2001): Sephardic Language, Literature and History.  Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2004: 101-108.

“Sermons and the Construct of a Jewish Identity: The Hamburg Sephardic Community in the 1620s,” in Jewish Studies Quarterly, vol. 10 (2003): 49-72.

“The Founding of the London Bet Holim Hospital in 1748 and the Secularization of ‘Sedaca’ in the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish Community in the Eighteenth Century.” Jewish Historical Studies Journal: Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England (forthcoming 2017)

“New Practices of Sedaca: Charity in London’s Spanish and Portuguese Jewish Community during the Eighteenth Century.” Chapter in the collective volume: Charity in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Traditions in the Early Modern Era (forthcoming 2017, Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield)

Encyclopedia Entry

“Western Migration Routes of Sephardi Jews.”  Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora. Origins, Experiences, and Cultures, vol. 1, ed. M. Avrum Ehrlich (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC Clio, 2009), 361-364.

Conference Papers

“From Iberia to London: The Bevis Marks Congregation in the Eighteenth Century.” Invited presentation delivered at Hispania Judaica, Center for the Study of Iberian Jewry at the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, February 22, 2016

“New Practices of Sedaca: Charity in London’s Spanish and Portuguese Jewish Community during the Eighteenth Century.” Paper delivered at the conference on Charity in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Traditions, Saint Louis University Center for Intercultural Studies, Saint Louis, MO, March 26-27, 2015

“Medieval Spain in Today’s World: A Panel Discussion on Cultural Exchanges between Muslims, Jews, and Christians.” Miami Theater Center, Miami, Floridad, May 6-7, 2014

“The Founding and Pedagogy of the Ets Haim (Tree of Life) Yesiba.”  Paper delivered  at the 46th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, at the Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, December 14-16, 2014

Charitable and Benevolent Institutions at the London Saar aSamaim Sephardi Community in the 18th Century.”  Paper delivered at the 26th Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium on Wealth and Poverty in the Jewish Tradition, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, October 27-28, 2013

“The London Saar aSamaim Community in the eighteenth Century and Its Poor.”  Paper delivered at the 16th World Congress of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, Israel, August 2013“

“Assisting the ‘industrious’ poor in the London Saar aSamaim Community in the Eighteenth Century.  Paper delivered at the Association for Jewish Studies 44th Annual Conference, December 2012, Chicago, Illinois

“Israel Studies in a Jesuit University.”  Paper presented as part of the panel “Teaching Israel Studies on the Periphery,” at the Annual Conference of the Association for Israel Studies,” Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, June 13-15, 2011

“Jewish Daily Life in Jerusalem in the 1630s.”  Paper presented at “The 16th British Conference on Judeo-Spanish Studies,” Queen Mary University of London, UK, July 13-15-2010

"Sephardic Family Life After 1492: Between Christianity, Islam and Judaism."  Paper delivered to the Study Group on Cross-Cultural History, Department of History, Saint Louis University, February 19, 2010 (by invitation)

“Entering the Guild of Commandment Observers: the Bar Mitzvah Celebration in Western Sephardi Communities in the Early Modern Period.” Paper delivered at the Association for Jewish Studies 41st Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, December 20-22, 2009

“Adolescence and the Period of Apprenticeship among the Western Sephardim in the 17th Century.”  Paper delivered at the 15th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, Israel, August 2-6, 2009

“Sephardi Studies across the Curriculum.” Paper delivered at the Symposium on Jewish Spain,” Washington University in Saint Louis, February 27, 2009 (by invitation)

Book Reviews

“Sephardic Jews in America. A Diasporic History, by Aviva Ben-Ur.  New York, NY, New York University Press, 2009.”  In Shofar. An interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, 31 (2012): 208-210.

“Joseph Pérez, History of a Tragedy. The Expulsion of the Jews from Spain, trans. Lysa Hockroth. Urbana/Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2007.” In Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 87 (2010): 254-255.

Honors and Awards

Spring 2013, recipient of the 2013 Helen I. Mandeville Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Humanities at Saint Louis University, $1,000

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Member of the Association for Jewish Studies

  • Member of the Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus

  • Member of the Modern Language Association of America

  • Fellow at the Institute for Israel Studies, Brandeis University Schusterman Center