Simone Lässig (Washington)

Prof. Dr. Simone Lässig
DHI Washington

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 historical education and educational media, and she is particularly interested in digital history and the digital humanities.

Main Area of Interest

History of knowledge
German social and cultural history
Jewish history
The history of religion and religiosity
Historical education, educational media, and digital humanities

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


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