Prof. Dr. Simone Lässig

Prof. Dr. Simone Lässig

German Historical Institute
1607 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington DC 20009
Phone +1.202.387.3355

Biographical Summary

Simone Lässig is a cultural and social historian of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her research has focused on Jewish history, religion and religiosity, philanthropy and patronage, and memory cultures and the politics of memory. Simone Lässig has done work on educational media and she is particularly interested in digital history.

Main Area of Interest

  • History of knowledge
  • German social and cultural history
  • Jewish history
  • The history of religion and religiosity
  • Family and kinship in modern history

Research Project

  • "Religion patterns of Social Practice: Discourses on 'Civil Improvement,' Translations of Middle-Class Culture, and the Invocation of Jewish Traditions in Jewish Textbooks and Sermons of the Early 19th Century" Read on

Professional Positions

since Oct. 2015Director, German Historical Institute, Washington DC
since Oct. 2006Director, Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Braunschweig and Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, University of Braunschweig (on leave)
2009 - 2010Stifterverband Visiting Fellow, European Studies Center, St. Anthony's College, Oxford
2002 - 2006Research Fellow, German Historical Institute, Washington, DC