Karen Auerbach is the Kronhill Lecturer in East European Jewish History in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies. She completed her Ph.D. at Brandeis University in 2009. She was a fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan in 2010-2011 and at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem in 2011.
She has also held teaching positions at the University of Southampton in England and at Brown and Virginia Tech universities in the United States as well as research positions at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw.