Paul Frederick Lerner
|Associate Professor of History
Phone: (213) 740-1653
Office: SOS 276
|Professor Lerner is a historian of nineteenth and twentieth-century Germany and Central Europe with particular interest in the history of the human sciences, Jewish history, gender, and the history and theory of consumer culture. He has written on the history of psychiatry, specifically on hysteria and trauma in political, cultural and economic context in the years around World War I in Germany, and he is now working on the reception and representation of department stores and modern forms of marketing and consumption in Germany and Central Europe. This project pays particular attention to the notion of the "Jewish department store" and the ways that various movements deployed images of Jews to critique excessive consumption or mass consumer society. Lerner is also part of a long-term project on gender in German Jewish history and is co-editing a volume of essays entitled: "Jewish Masculinities: German Jews, Gender and History."
Lerner's books can be found here and here.
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