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Laurel Leff

Laurel Leff is a 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, Well Worth Saving: American Universities’ Life-and-Death Decisions on Refugees from Nazi Europe (Yale University Press, 2019) was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Her previous book, Buried by The Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper (Cambridge University Press, 2005) 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 aspects of America and Holocaust at historical societies, museums, synagogues, associations and universities.




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

Research Focus

  • American response to the Holocaust
  • Media Law

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