Yaacob Dweck

Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History; Professor of History and the Program in Judaic Studies
Office Phone
228 Dickinson Hall
Office Hours

& by appointment.


Yaacob Dweck studies the Jews of the early modern period. His first book, The Scandal of Kabbalah: Leon Modena, Jewish Mysticism, Early Modern Venice appeared in 2011. Prior to his appointment in the history department, he was a Mellon-Cotsen Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton.

Current Projects

  • A Hebrew edition accompanied by an English translation of Ari Nohem by Leon Modena
  • A study of Jacob Sasportas (1610—1698) an itinerant Sephardic rabbi who was the chief critic of the messianic movement that coalesced around Sabbetai Zevi in the 1660s.


B.A. History, Columbia University 2002
M.Phil. History, University of Cambridge 2003 (Degree awarded 2007)
Ph.D. History, University of Pennsylvania 2008

Area of Interest
(In alphabetical order)
Intellectual History
Jewish History
Home Department & Other Affiliations
Judaic Studies
17th & 18th Centuries