Yaron Ayalon

Director, Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program; Associate Professor of Jewish and Middle Eastern Studies

Address: Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center, 96 Wentworth Street, Room 207
Phone: 843.953.7625
E-mail: ayalony@cofc.edu

Yaron Ayalon is a social historian of Sephardic Jews, Israel, the Middle East, and the Ottoman Empire. He is the author of Natural Disasters in the Ottoman Empire: Plague, Famine, and Other Misfortunes (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and of over 20 articles, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews. He has also served as an editor for the Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, and as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association. In 2015, Yaron was awarded a yearlong fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which has allowed him to write his second, forthcoming, book, tentatively titled Ottoman Jews: A New Social History

Yaron has previously taught at the University of Oklahoma and Emory University, where he was affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel. He comes to the College of Charleston from Ball State University, where for 6 years he taught courses on the Middle East, Israel, Jewish history, and world history. At Ball State, Yaron served as the Associate Director of the Jewish Studies Program, as well as in several other administrative roles, culminating in his election to the position of chair of the university’s Faculty Council (elsewhere known as Faculty Senate) for the 2018-19 academic year.  

Yaron was born in Princeton, NJ, and raised mostly in Herzliya, Israel (with brief stints in Upstate New York and the Washington, DC area). After earning his BA in Middle East History and Education from Tel Aviv University and spending several years working for Pelephone, one of Israel’s cell phone providers, Yaron returned to Princeton for his PhD, earned from the Near Eastern Studies Department of Princeton University in 2009. 

You can read more about him on his personal website, http://yaronayalon.com.


Ph.D. Princeton University, 2009

B.A. Tel Aviv University, 2002

Courses Taught

JWST 210 Jewish History I, ancient to early modern

JWST 220 History of Israel

JWST 250 The Arab-Israeli Conflict

JWST 350 Jews and Muslims: Coexistence and Conflict