Cornelia Aust has studied History, Eastern European History, and Religious Studies in Leipzig, Jerusalem and Berlin (1996-2003). She received her MA from the Free University in Berlin and spent the following academic year (2003-2004) at the University of Warsaw. She then became a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she received her PhD in 2010 with her dissertation entitled “Commercial Cosmopolitans: Networks of Jewish Merchants between Warsaw and Amsterdam, 1750-1820.” Among many fellowships, she held the Louis Apfelbaum and Hortense Braunstein Apfelbaum Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies in Philadelphia in 2008-2009. Before coming to Mainz as a member of the academic staff in April 2013, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2010-2013). Adjunct lecturer at the Department of Judaic Studies, Goethe-University Frankfurt.
Between Amsterdam and Warsaw. Commercial Networks of the Ashkenazic Mercantile Elite in Central Europe. Jewish History 27,1 (2013), 41-71; DOI: 10.1007/s10835-012-9167-1.
Conflicting Authorities: Rabbis, Physicians, Lay Leaders and the Question of Burial. David Shulman (Hg.). Meditations on Authority. Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press, 2013, 87-100.
Balegula. Dan Diner (Hg.). Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, Bd. 1, Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler 2011, 241-243.
Sephardim. Friedrich Jäger (Hg.). Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit, Bd. 11, Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler: 2010, 1100-1105 .
Narrative jüdischer Wirtschaftsgeschichte in Osteuropa. François Guesnet (Hg.). Zwischen Graetz und Dubnow. Jüdische Historiographie in Ostmitteleuropa im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. Leipzig: Leipziger Akademische Verlagsanstalt 2009, 177-201.