Jeffrey Auerbach

Jeffrey Auerbach
(818) 677-3561
Office location:
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Ph.D., Yale University, 1995
M.A., Yale University, 1988
B.A., Oberlin College, 1987

Courses Taught

HIST 110 (World History to 1500)
HIST 151 (Western Civilization since 1500)
HIST 434 (European Colonialism)
HIST 446 (Nineteenth-Century Europe)
HIST 453 (Modern Britain)
HIST 496 (The British Empire)
HIST 497 (Proseminar: Henry Stanley and African Exploration)
HIST 497 (Proseminar: Imperial Crisis)
HIST 497 (Proseminar: The Empire Writes Back - Indian Travelers to Britain)
HIST 498 (Tutorial: Victorian Women)
HIST 498 (Tutorial: British Mandate in Palestine)
HIST 531 (Graduate Colloquium: The Rise of the West in Global Perspective)
HIST 595 (Graduate Colloquium: The First World War)
HIST 596 (Graduate Colloquium: Modern Britain)
HIST 596 (Graduate Colloquium: Ten Years that Shook the World)
HIST 641 (Graduate Research Seminar: Europe from the Periphery)

Selected Publications and Presentations


The Great Exhibition of 1851: A Nation on Display (Yale University Press, 1999)
Britain, the Empire, and the World at the Great Exhibition of 1851, co-editor with Peter Hoffenberg (Ashgate, 2008)


  • “Imperial Boredom and the Administration of Empire,” Common Knowledge 11:2 (2005): 283-205 
  • “The Impossibility of Artistic Escape: Thomas Watling, John Glover, and the Australian Picturesque,” Journal of Australian Colonial History 7 (2005): 161-180 
  • “The Picturesque and the Homogenization of the British Empire,” British Art Journal 5:1 (2004): 47-54 
  • “Art, Advertising, and the Legacy of Empire,” Journal of Popular Culture 35:4 (2002): 1-23 
  • “The Great Exhibition and Historical Memory,” Journal of Victorian Culture 6:1 (2001): 89-112 
  • “Art and Empire,” The Oxford History of the British Empire, Vol. V, ed. Robin Winks (Oxford University Press, 1999), 571-83 
  • “What They Read: Mid-Nineteenth Century English Women's Magazines and the Emergence of Consumer Culture,” Victorian Periodicals Review 30 (1997): 121-40

Research and Interests

After publishing his dissertation on the Great Exhibition of 1851 – the first world’s fair – Jeffrey Auerbach has focused his research and writing on the British Empire. He has authored several articles on art and empire, including the historiographical essay on that topic in The Oxford History of the British Empire (1999); he also contributed “Exhibitions and Empire” for Empire Online (accessible through the CSUN Library). He is currently writing a book about boredom and the experience of traveling to and living in India, South Africa, and Australia during the nineteenth century. Dr. Auerbach has also pursued an interest in world history: He was founding world history editor of History Compass, an e-journal for history, and during the 2001-2002 academic year coordinated a world history speaker series funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Auerbach has held research fellowships at the Yale Center for British Art, the Huntington Library, and the National Maritime Museum (London), and has served as an occasional consultant for the History Channel and the BBC. Trained in modern British history, Dr. Auerbach is also interested in imperial history, cultural history (including music and art), nineteenth-century European history, and the history of the British Mandate in Palestine. A complete listing of publications and papers can be found on his curriculum vitae.