Lisa SilvermanLisa Silverman

Associate Professor

Office: Holton Hall, Room 331
Phone: (414) 229-3968
Curriculum Vitae: pdf


Ph.D., Yale University
M.A., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
B.A., Yale University

Research Interests:

Modern German and Austrian Jewish History
Jewish Cultural Studies
Holocaust History and Representation

Teaching Areas:

Jewish History from Antiquity to the Present
Modern European Jewish history and culture
Holocaust History and Representation

Courses Offered:

Hist 358: The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture
Hist 364: History of the Holocaust
Hist 379: Introduction to Jewish History
Hist 398: Challenges in Holocaust History and Representation
Hist 850: German Jewish Cultural History

Selected Publications


Holocaust Representations in History: an Introduction, with Daniel H. Magilow. (Bloomsbury Academic Press, forthcoming)

Making Place: Space and Embodiment in the City, ed. and intr. with Arijit Sen. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014.

Becoming Austrians: Jews and Culture between the World Wars. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Interwar Vienna: Culture between Tradition and Modernity, ed. and intr. with Deborah Holmes. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2009.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

"Beyond Antisemitism: A Critical Approach to German-Jewish Cultural History." Nexus: The Duke Journal of German Jewish Studies 1 (2011): 27-45.

"Reconsidering the Margins: Jewishness as an Analytical Framework." Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 8:1 (2009): 103-120.

"Zwischenzeit and Zwischenort: Veza Canetti, Else Feldmann, and Jewish Writing in Interwar Vienna," Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History 26:1-2 (2006): 29-52.

"Repossessing the Past? Property, Memory and Austrian Jewish Narrative Histories," Austrian Studies 11 (2003): 138-53.

"Der Richtige Riecher: The Reconfiguration of Jewish and Austrian Identities in the Work of Doron Rabinovici," German Quarterly 72:3 (1999): 252-264.

Chapters in Edited Volumes:

“À la recherche de la 'différence juive': Elias et Veza Canetti dans la Vienne de l’entre-deux-guerres.” In Identités juives en Europe centrale. Des Lumières à l'entre-deux-guerres, ed. Daniel Baric, Tristan Coignard, and Gaëlle Vassogne, 113-127. Tours: Presses Universitaires François-Rabelais, 2014.

"Jewish Memory, Jewish Geography: Vienna before 1938." In Making Place: Space and Embodiment in the City, ed. Arijit Sen and Lisa Silverman, 173-197. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014.

"Ella Zirner-Zwieback, Madame d’Ora and Vienna’s New Woman." In Fashioning Jews: Clothing, Culture, and Commerce, ed. Leonard Greenspoon, 77-98. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2013.

"Max Reinhardt between Yiddish Theatre and the Salzburg Festival." In Jews and the Making of Modern German Theatre, ed. Jeanette R. Malkin and Freddie Rokem, 197-218. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2010.

"Wiener Kreise: Jewishness, Politics, and Culture in Red Vienna," with Wolfgang Maderthaner. In Deborah Holmes and Lisa Silverman, eds., Interwar Vienna. Culture between Tradition and Modernity, 59-80. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2009.

"Elias and Veza Canetti: German Writing, Sephardic Heritage." In William Donahue and Julian Preece, eds., The Worlds of Elias Canetti: Centenary Essays, 151-170. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.

"Jewish Intellectual Women and the Public Sphere in Interwar Vienna." In Angela Kershaw and Angela Kimyongür, eds., Women in Europe between the Wars: Politics, Culture, and Society, 155-169. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007.

"Jenseits der Bildung: Veza Canetti als jüdische Schriftstellerin." in Sammelband zu Veza Canetti, ed. Ingrid Spörk, 74-90. Graz: Franz-Nabl-Institut, 2005.