Sarah Ifft Decker

Sarah Ifft Decker is a Visiting Scholar in the Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University. She is a social and economic historian of medieval Europe and the Mediterranean; her research focuses in particular on how gender and religious difference shaped the options available to medieval women.

Dr. Ifft Decker received her B.A. from Swarthmore College, her M.A. from The Jewish Theological Seminary, and her Ph.D. from Yale University. She has published several articles on subjects including Jewish women’s moneylending and Jewish divorce practices in medieval Iberia. Her current book project compares how Jewish and Christian women negotiated economic life in medieval Catalonia.