Pratima Gopalakrishnan

Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Manager, Princeton Geniza Project

I am an historian of Near Eastern Jewish communities during the first millennium CE. My current research uses rabbinic literature and archaeological evidence to illuminate domestic labor exchange within the broader sweep of late antique economic history.

I got my PhD from Yale University, but along the way in my graduate research, I encountered the Cairo Geniza. With the help of some very generous mentors, I started reading everything about the Geniza that I could get my hands on, and I also started learning Arabic. I am currently interested in the dozens of dowry lists in the Geniza – specifically, what they can tell us about how the value of an object is assessed and recorded, as well as the broader interactions between labor, material objects, and property in women’s lives.