Jacob Eder is a historian and author whose interests include history and memory, transatlantic relations, humanitarianism, migration, and refugee aid. At the Barenboim-Said Akademie, he teaches the history of modern Europe.

Eder has taught contemporary history at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and was, until February 2019, a Feodor Lynen-Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the History Department of New York University. He studied Modern History and American Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, spent a year on a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and holds a PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania. Eder is the recipient of numerous research grants and fellowships and has received the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History of the Wiener Library, the Marko Feingold Dissertation Prize in Jewish Studies of the University of Salzburg, and the Betty M. Unterberger Dissertation Prize of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. In 2018, he received Jena University’s teaching award for a seminar on memory in Germany and Israel, which brought together students from Jena and Jerusalem.


Jacob Eder is the author of Holocaust Angst: The Federal Republic of Germany and American Holocaust Memory since the 1970s (Oxford University Press, 2016; German and Polish translations forthcoming in 2019) and the co-editor of Holocaust Memory in a Globalizing World (Wallstein, 2017). He has also written for The Atlantic, Haaretz, Süddeutsche Zeitung, taz, and Time Magazine.