University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

New CAS Faculty

Professor Flora Cassen

Flora Cassen

Assistant Professor of History

Flora Cassen, Assistant Professor of History, grew up in Antwerp, Belgium. She received her B.A. in Law and History from the Free University of Brussels (1999), her M.A. in Comparative History from Brandeis University (2000), and is currently finishing her Ph.D. in History and Judaic Studies at New York University. At UVM, she will teach classes on Early Modern European history as well as Jewish history.

Her doctoral research, which attempts to understand the roots and consequences of anti-Judaism, studies the discriminatory marks, typically a yellow hat or a yellow badge, that the Jews were compelled to wear in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy. Future projects include a history of the Jews in the Dutch colony of Curacao and a study of the transmission of religious knowledge and tradition in communities of crypto-Jews who had converted to Christianity but continued to practice some form of Judaism in secret.

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