Ilil Baum

Ilil Baum

Ilil Baum

Sephardic Studies

Jewish History
Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Jews of Spain
Historical Linguistics


Current Projects: 

  • Jewish Multilingualism in Christian Spain:

I currently work on finishing my first monograph, in which I bring to the foreground the linguistic angle of Jewish life in a medieval Christian society in Europe, by analyzing the multilingual writings of the Jews of Aragon, Castile and Catalonia (thirteenth-fifteenth centuries).

  • Constructed Sephardism as Imagined Hispanicity: Language Shift and Cultural Accommodation in the Aftermath of the 1492 Expulsion:

This project seeks to reassess the construction of a modern Sephardic identity in the Ottoman Empire, North Africa and Italy (sixteenth-eighteenth centuries), with a focus on the attractiveness of the Castilian language and identity, among non-Castilian Jews (from Portugal, Aragon and Catalonia) and even among non-Iberian Greek and Moroccan local Jews.

Curriculum Vitae 

Fellowships and Grants (selection)

  • 2019: Postdoctoral Researcher, Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel-Aviv University.

  • 2018-2019: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Michigan.

  • 2012-2017: Polonsky Fellow for Outstanding Doctoral Candidates, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • 2013-2015: Visiting Scholar, Center of Documentation Ramon Llull, Department of Catalan Philology, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.


  • PhD, 2018, Romance and Latin American Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • MA, 2012, Romance and Latin American Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • BA, 2009 General Linguistics; Communication & Journalism, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem