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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), was awarded the 2016 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature, and was a finalist for a 2015 National Jewish Book Award.

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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Office
CAS - History
Battelle Tompkins - 131
Contact Info
(202) 885-6377

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See Also
History Department

Partnerships & Affiliations

  • American Historical Association

    Member

  • Association for Jewish Studies

    Member

  • Society for French Historical Studies

    Co-President

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

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.

       

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)

       

 

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