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Lisa Leff

Professor Department of History

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.


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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CAS - History
Battelle Tompkins - 131
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


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