Vicki Caron is the Diann G. and Thomas A. Mann Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at Cornell University, where she holds a joint appointment in the history department and the Program of Jewish Studies. Her work focuses on Jewish assimilation and integration and the history of modern anti-Semitism, especially in France and Germany. She is the author of Between France and Germany: The Jews of Alsace-Lorraine, 1871–1917 (Stanford University Press, 1988) and Uneasy Asylum: France and the Jewish Refugee Crisis, 1933–1942 (Stanford University Press, 1999), which won the Fraenkel Prize in 1997. She has also coedited a collection of essays, Jewish Emancipation Reconsidered: The French and German Models (Paul Mohr Verlag, 2003).
At Radcliffe, Caron will write “Catholic-Jewish Relations in France, 1870–1914,” the first of two volumes examining this issue through the post–World War II period. A significant portion of the project will examine Catholic anti-Semitism and its role in the creation of the modern anti-Semitic movement, but Caron will also focus on positive moments of Catholic-Jewish interaction, including the rise of a philo-Semitic movement and attempts at mutual understanding.
Caron, who earned her PhD from Columbia University, has received fellowships from the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Program, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Most recently, she was the 2004–2005 J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.