Martin Jaigma is a research fellow at the Peace Institute. In 1999 he graduated from the Department of History at the University of Tartu, Estonia. His graduate thesis was "Jews in the Legal Texts of Spain and Germany in the 13th Century: Sachsenspiegel and Siete Partidas"). In 2002 Martin Jaigma defended his Master thesis "Schooling of Estonian Social Elite During Interwar Period: Jewish and Estonian Students at Tartu University" at the Department of History (Jewish Studies track) at Central European University in Budapest. In 2006 he defended his doctoral thesis "Social Mobility of Estonian and Slovenian Jewish Communities in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries - a Comparative Study" at the Department of Anthropology of Everyday Life in Ljubljana Graduate School of Humanities.
Martin Jaigma has worked before in Estonian History Museum (1998-2000) and Estonian Historical Archives (2000-2004).