University of Chicago
Ellie and Herbert D. Katz Distinguished Fellowship

Research Topic

The Eruv as Metaphor for Jewish Homemaking in the Diaspora


Leora Auslander is the Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor in Western Civilization and Professor of Modern European Social History at the University of Chicago where she was the founding director of the Center for Gender Studies and is a member of the Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies. Her research lies at the intersection of the micro and the macro: citizenship law and domestic interiors; clothing and colonialism; European regulation and everyday religious practice. At the Katz Center, Auslander will work on metaphorical eruvs in Germany and France between the years 1880 and 1970.

Auslander received her PhD from Brown University and has taught at the University of Paris, Postdam University, the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, among others.

Selected publications

  • edited with Tara Zahra, Objects of War: The Material Culture of Conflict and Displacement (Cornell University Press, 2018)
  • Cultural Revolutions: Everyday Life and Politics in Britain, North America, and France (University of California Press, 2009)



Devoted to the home, and seeking to advance research that will shed light on this most formative and intimate of contexts for Jewish life. 


Exploring aspects of internal life that lie beyond reason—emotions and feelings, the unconscious, sensation, imagination, impulse, intuition, and the nonrational dimensions of reason itself.