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Laurel Leff


Laurel Leff is an Associate Professor of Journalism at Northeastern University. She was formerly a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and The Miami Herald and an editor with American Lawyer Media Inc. and The Hartford Courant. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in news writing, media law, and nonfiction writing. Leff is also the associate director of Northeastern’s Jewish Studies Program in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. She teaches a course on America and the Holocaust.

Her book, Buried by The Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper was published by Cambridge University Press in 2005. Buried by The Times was selected as the best media history book by the American Journalism Historians Association and the best history book by ForeWard Magazine. Professor Leff has spoken frequently on the topic at historical societies, museums, synagogues, associations and universities.

She has published several other scholarly articles, book chapters and book reviews on media and the Holocaust.

Her current research focuses o the response of American elites to the refugee crisis of the 1930s and 1940s. Her most recent articles on the topic include: “Rebuffing Refugee Journalists: The Professions’ Failure to Help Jews Persecuted by Nazi Germany,” Journalism & Communication Monographs 2015 17(3): 149-218, and “Combating Prejudice and Protectionism in American Medicine: The Physicians Committee’s Fight for Refugees from Nazism, 1939-1945,” Holocaust and Genocide Studies 28:2 (Fall 2014), 181-239. Along with colleagues in Journalism and Computer and Information Science, she is developing a database and website, “Rediscovering the Refugee Scholars of the Nazi Era.”

Leff has a master’s in the study of law from Yale University and a master’s in communications from the University of Miami. She received an A.B. from Princeton University with a major in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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  • M.S.L., Yale University
  • M.A., University of Miami
  • A.B., Princeton University

Courses Taught

  • Journalism 1
  • Law of the Press
  • Media Watch: Assessing the Press in the Trump Era
  • First Amendment in the Digital Age
  • America and the Holocaust
  • Nonfiction Writing

Research Interests

  • American response to the Holocaust
  • Media Law