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Lisa Leff

Associate Professor
Department of History

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    Director of the Undergraduate Program, History
  • Lisa Leff is a historian of Europe since 1789 whose research focuses on Jews in France. Her first book, Sacred Bonds of Solidarity (Stanford UP, 2006), examines the rise of Jewish international aid in 19th century France. Her most recent book is called The Archive Thief (forthcoming, Oxford University Press). Through the story of Zosa Szajkowski, a historian who moved tens of thousands of documents from France to the U.S., it examines a larger set of questions about Jewish nationalism, Jewish archives, and Jewish history writing in the era of the Holocaust and its aftermath. She received her BA from Oberlin College and her PhD from the University of Chicago.
  • Degrees

    PhD University of Chicago, 2000
    MA, University of Chicago, 1993
    BA, Oberlin College, 1991
  • Languages Spoken:

    French (fluent)
    Yiddish, German (reading)
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • American Historical Association

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  • Association for Jewish Studies

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  • Society for French Historical Studies

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Teaching

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

       
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    Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Fellowship (2009-10)

       
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    Davis Fellowship, Marcus Center, American Jewish Archives (2009)

       
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    Visiting Scholar, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University (2008-09)

       
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    Fellow, University of Chicago Research Center, Paris (2008)

       
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    Fellow, Columbia University Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall, Paris (2007)

       
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    Southwestern University Teaching Award (2007)

       
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    Brown Fellowship, Southwestern University (2003-04)

       
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    Southwestern University Young Investigator Award (for Outstanding Junior Faculty Researcher) (2003)

       
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    Bernadotte E. Schmitt Fellowship, American Historical Association (2001)

       
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    Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (1998-99)

       
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    University of Chicago Overseas Research Fellowship (1998)

       
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    Bourse Chateaubriand for dissertation research in France (1996-97)

       

 

Selected Publications

       
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    Sacred Bonds of Solidarity: The Rise of Jewish Internationalism in Nineteenth-Century France (Stanford University Press, 2006).

       
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    L’Histoire des juifs de France vue des Etats-Unis,” Archives Juives (forthcoming, October 2009)

       
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    “The Impact of the Napoleonic Sanhedrin on French Colonial Policy in Algeria.”  CCAR Journal (Winter 2007): 35-54.

       
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    “Jews, Liberals, and the Civilizing Mission in Nineteenth-Century France.” Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques 32, 1 (Spring 2006): 105-28.

       
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    Guest Co-Editor, “Jewish Racial Self-Fashioning in Comparative Perspective.” Special issue of Jewish History, vol. 19, no. 1 (January 2005).

       
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    “Self-Definition and Self-Defense: Jewish Racial Identity in Nineteenth-Century France.” Jewish History vol. 19, no. 1 (January 2005):  7-28. 

       
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    “’Jewish Solidarity’ in Nineteenth-Century France: The Evolution of a Concept.” The Journal of Modern History 74 (March 2002): 33-61.

       

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