Prof. Gottreich is a historian specializing in North Africa and the Middle East, with an emphasis on Muslim-Jewish relations, Sephardic history, Jews in Islamic texts, and Islamic urban Studies. Her research languages are Modern Standard Arabic, Moroccan Arabic dialect (darija), Hebrew, and French. She received her B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from U.C. Berkeley, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in History and Middle Eastern Studies. She began working at U.C. Berkeley in 2002, and has served as Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies since 2015. She is the author of The Mellah of Marrakech: Jewish and Muslim Space in Morocco’s Red City (2007), Jewish Morocco: A History from Pre-Islamic to Post-Colonial Times (forthcoming) and co-editor of Jewish Culture and Society in North Africa (2011).
Prof. Gottreich is a Past President of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS); former member of the Committee for Academic Freedom in the Middle East and North Africa (MESA); and the founder/co-editor of H-Maghrib.