Advising

Deeply engaged in the interdisciplinary doctoral program of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies as well as in Clark’s Holocaust and Genocide undergraduate concentration, I like working with graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in the social, cultural, and gender history of mass violence in Europe in the 20th century, especially the Holocaust.

B.A. and M.A. advisees of mine have studied sexuality and romantic relationships during the Holocaust, the social cohesion of the Red Army in World War II, the American memorialization of the Nazi concentration and extermination camps, American World War II movies, German opposition against genocide against the Herero and Nama, Gustav Landauer’s thinking about community and nation, and the symbolism of the Neo-Nazi Movement in the United States.

Doctoral students who have worked with me include:

  • Cristina Andriani: “Post-Holocaust Trauma and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict:” (co-advised with Jaan Valsiner, Psychology Department; graduated 2013, currently Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Grafton, MA)
  • Michael Geheran: “Keine Kameraden: German-Jewish WWI Veterans under Hitler” (graduated 2016, currently Post-doctoral fellow, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, United States Military Academy at West Point, NY)

Currently are working under my supervision:

  • Maayan Armelin: “Leadership and Comradeship in the SS Einsatzgruppen”
  • Gabrielle Hauth: “Sexuality and Intimacy in Nazi Concentration Camps”
  • Emil Kjerte: “Concentration Camp Guards during the Holocaust: Auschwitz and Jasenovac in Comparison”
  • Jody Russell Manning: “Living in the Shadows of Auschwitz and Dachau: Memorial, Community, Symbolism, and the Palimpsest of Memory”
  • Kimberly Partee Allar: “Dachau, Ravensbruck, Travniki: Comparative Studies in the Training of Holocaust Perpetrators”
  • Mihai Poliec: “The Civilian Society in Bessarabia and Bukovina and the Holocaust”
  • Jason Tingler: “Chelm Land, 1939-1944: Interethnic Relations and Mass Violence In Central-Eastern Poland”

On behalf of the Strassler Center and together with its doctoral students, I have initiated and convened the First and the Second International Graduate Conference on Holocaust and Genocide Studies in 2009 and in 2012. Selected papers of the first of these conferences are published in The Holocaust and Local History, edited by Thomas Kühne and Tom Lawson (Edgware: Vallentine-Mitchell, 2011), also available as special issue of Holocaust Studies. A Journal of Culture and History, vol. 16, 2011, nos. 1-2.