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Lisa Leff

Acting Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice Provost Department of History

Additional Positions at AU

  • Acting Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice Provost
Lisa Leff is a historian of 19th and 20th century Europe 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 second book, The Archive Thief (Oxford University Press, 2015), tells the story of Zosa Szajkowski, an influential Jewish historian who stole tens of thousands of documents from French archives and sold them to libraries in the United States and Israel. It was awarded the 2016 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature, and was a finalist for a 2015 National Jewish Book Award. At American, her teaching is broad, encompassing French, Jewish, and general European history of the 18th and 20th centuries. She was named American University's 2017 Scholar-Teacher of the Year.


PhD University of Chicago MA, University of Chicago BA, Oberlin College

Languages Spoken
French (fluent) Yiddish, German (reading)

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Academic Affairs, Office of
Leonard Lower Level
Contact Info
(202) 885-6377

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See Also
History Department

Partnerships & Affiliations

  • American Historical Association


  • Association for Jewish Studies


  • Society for French Historical Studies