Assistant Professor, Department of History and
Center for Jewish Studies
Office: Holton Hall 384
Phone: (414) 229-3968
Ph.D., Yale University, 2004
Teaching and Research Interests:
Modern Jewish history, German and Austrian history, literature, and culture, Holocaust representation, Jewish cultural studies, gender studies, and antisemitism
Lisa Silverman has been Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies at UWM since 2006. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2004 and holds a Master's Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.
Dr. Silverman is currently completing a book manuscript on Austrian Jewish cultural history between the World Wars. She is also finishing an article on renowned Austrian photographer Madame d'Ora (Dora Kallmus) focusing on her life and work after 1940. She is co-editor with Deborah Holmes of Interwar Vienna. Culture between Tradition and Modernity (Camden House, forthcoming 2009) and has published articles in Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History, Austrian Studies, German Quarterly, and Jewish Quarterly, as well as essays in volumes on German- and Austrian-Jewish cultural history. International fellowships have included terms at the University of Sussex Centre for German-Jewish studies in Brighton, UK and the International Research Center for Cultural Studies (IFK) in Vienna, Austria. She previously served as Director of Research for the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany, Inc.
Since coming to UWM, Dr. Silverman's curricular activities focused on reshaping the undergraduate Jewish Studies major by expanding current course offerings, including introductory survey courses in Jewish history and an upper-level course entitled The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture.