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, among other.

On the doctoral level, I am currently advising five students:

  • Cristina Andriani: “Post-Holocaust Trauma and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict:” (co-advised with Jaan Valsiner, Psychology Department)
  • Michael Geheran: “Keine Kameraden: German-Jewish WWI Veterans under Hitler”
  • Jody Russell Manning: “Living in the Shadows of Auschwitz and Dachau: Memorial, Community, Symbolism, and the Palimpsest of Memory”
  • Kimberly Partee: “Lessons in Terror and Death: Comparative Studies in the Training of Holocaust Perpetrators in Dachau, Ravensbruck, and Trawniki”
  • Mihai Poliec: “The Civilian Society in Romania and the Holocaust”

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.