Cornelia Aust recently received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. In her dissertation titled ‘Commercial Cosmopolitanism. Networks of Jewish Merchants between Warsaw and Amsterdam, 1750-1820’ she examines the functioning of commercial and familial networks of members of the Jewish mercantile elite as well as the intersection between economic and social power. She studied in Leipzig, Jerusalem, Berlin, and Warsaw, and holds a M.A. from the Free University Berlin (2003). She received various fellowships including a DAAD fellowship to study in Israel (1999/2000), a Benjamin Franklin Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania, and an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council (2006/07). She was a fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies in Philadelphia in 2008-2009.
Cornelia Aust will present a lecture entitled: Merchants, Army Suppliers, Bankers: Transregional Connections and the Rise of Warsaw’s Jewish Mercantile Elite (1770-1820).