Assistant Professor of History
Teaching and Research Specialties
Ottoman Empire; non-Muslims under Islamic Rule; history of natural disasters
Yaron Ayalon (pronounced Yah-rone Ah-yah-lon) is a historian of the Middle East, the Ottoman Empire, Jews under Islam, and Israel. His first book, Natural Disasters in the Ottoman Empire: Plague, Famine, and Other Misfortunes, was published with Cambridge University Press in 2014. His forthcoming book project, supported by an NEH fellowship, is tentatively titled Ottoman Jews: A New Social History. Yaron has published over 20 articles and book reviews on topics such as natural disasters, Jews in the Ottoman Empire, and literacy and reading in the Middle East. He also serves on the editorial board of the Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. At Ball State, Yaron teaches the core history class The West in the World, as well as courses on the modern Middle East, Israel, and Judaism, such as Introduction to the Middle East, History of Israel, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, and Jewish History. Previously, while working at Emory University and the University of Oklahoma, he has taught courses on Sephardic Jewry, the Ottoman Empire, charity, migration in the Muslim world, and Israeli society and politics. Yaron earned his BA from Tel Aviv University in Israel, double-majoring in Middle East history and education, and his PhD from Princeton University in 2009.