Lea earned her B.A. in German Studies with a concentration in Russian, Central, and East European Studies from Grinnell College in 2014. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Vienna and was an intern at the International Fellowship of Reconciliation – Austria. Following graduation, she worked as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the Georg-Büchner-Gymnasium in Berlin. Lea’s research interests are in the field German-Jewish studies. Her dissertation explores the intersection of female desire and education in German Jewish and Yiddish literature. She is also interested more broadly in the lands of the former Habsburg Empire and the shaping of national identities.