Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Cohen-Lasry House at sunrise

Program Faculty

Taner Akcam, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of History; Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies
Turkey, nationalism and the Armenian Genocide
Tel: 1-508-421-3863

Debórah Dwork, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of History; Rose Professor of Holocaust History
Rose Professor of Holocaust History and Founding Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Debórah Dwork is a leading authority on university education in this field, as well as her area of scholarly expertise: Holocaust history. One of the first historians to record Holocaust survivors' oral histories and to use their narratives as a scholarly source, Dwork explores the social and cultural history of the Holocaust. Among her books, Flight from the Reich: Jewish Refugees, 1933-1946 opened the geographic view of the Holocaust and integrated the refugee experience into its history; Children With A Star: Jewish Youth in Nazi Europe introduced a child-centered approach to historical investigation and Auschwitz, 1270 to the Present received the Spiro Kostoff Award, the National Jewish Book Award and was voted a Best Book by the German Book Critics. She has been, inter alia, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies.
Tel: 1-508-793-7450

Jody Emel, Ph.D.
Professor, Graduate School of Geography
Resource/environmental geography, animal geographies, feminist/social theory
Tel: 508-793-7317

Anita Häusermann Fábos, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change Refugees and forced migrants, especially refugees in urban areas in the Middle East and Africa; population displacement and mobility; gender, diaspora, and citizenship; anthropology of ethnicity and race; transnational Islam; Arab League states’ immigration and naturalisation policies; music and migration; Muslim Arab Sudanese diaspora.
Tel: 1-508-421-3826

Everett Fox, Ph.D.
Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department; Allen M. Glick Chair in Judaic and Biblical Studies; Director, Jewish Studies Program
Director of Jewish Studies Concentration Dr. Fox's main scholarly focus is the rhetoric and internal coherence of the Hebrew Bible, and how they may be brought out in translation. He is also interested in how the Bible has been transformed at each stage by generations of Israelites, Jews, and Christians. He teaches courses in which texts serve as windows to the attitudes and concerns of Jews through the ages. Dr. Fox's activities in translation have led him to some unexpected places. He was a religious consultant on the animated film Prince of Egypt, and has been collaborating with an American-Israeli artist, Schwebel, who sets the David stories against the backdrop of 1980s Jerusalem.
Tel: 1-508-793-7355

Thomas Kuehne, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of History; Strassler Chair in the Study of Holocaust History; Director, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Dr. Kuehne teaches Modern European and German History. His academic and research work is concerned with the relation of war, genocide, and society, with long-term traditions of political culture of Central Europe, above all with the problem of locating the Holocaust and Nazi Germany in the social and cultural history of the 20th century.
Tel: 1-508-793-7523

Olga Litvak, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of History; Michael and Lisa Leffell Chair in Modern Jewish History
Dr. Litvak specializes in Eastern European and modern Jewish history. She has written and lectured on a wide range of subjects related to the study of Russian Jewry, including urban violence, literary and artistic life, war, revolution and migration. She has also been pursuing the study of Jewish participation in the making of modern Russian visual culture.
Tel: 1-508-793-7254

Ken MacLean, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment
Associate Professor, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Director of Asian Studies States and state-effects, political violence, extractive industries, displacement and irregular migration, critical humanitarianism, (late and post-) socialism, legal regimes, science and technology studies, and comparative cartographies in Mainland Southeast Asia and the Greater South China Sea
Tel: 1-508-793-8817

Srinivasan Sitaraman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Program Faculty for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
United Nations and international law, international political economy, and international relations
Tel: 1-508-793-7684

Valerie Sperling, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science
Dr. Sperling teaches a variety of courses in comparative politics, including Russian politics; revolution and political violence; mass murder and genocide under communism; transitions to democracy; globalization and democracy; and introduction to women’s studies. Her research interests include globalization and accountability, social movements, gender politics, patriotism and militarism, and state-building in the post-communist region.
Tel: 1-508-793-7679

Shelly Tenenbaum, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Coordinator of Undergraduate Activities, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
American Jewish Studies, race and ethnicity, social stratification, comparative genocide, gender
Tel: 1-508-793-7241

Robert D. Tobin, Ph.D.
Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department; Henry J. Leir Chair in Foreign Languages and Cultures; Adjunct Professor, English Department
Dr. Tobin specializes in the culture and literature of the German-speaking world from the Age of Goethe to the present, with a special focus on gender, sexuality, psychoanalysis, and human rights. He teaches courses on gay and lesbian studies and queer theory, human rights and literature, and Freud, as well as more traditional topics such as German film and Faust. He is also usually one of the co-professors of the National Imagination course.In the spring of 2013, he was the Fulbright Freud Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis at the Sigmund Freud Museum and the Universitat Wien in Vienna. He directs the major in Comparative Literature and advises students who want to self-design a major in German Studies.
Tel: 1-508-793-7353

Johanna Ray Vollhardt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology
Group-based victimization; inclusive and exclusive victim consciousness; acknowledgment; prosocial behavior between groups (especially between minority and victim groups); psychology of genocide
Tel: 508-793-7278

Kristen Williams, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Political Science
Director, women's and gender studies; International relations theory, arms control and international security, nationalism and ethnic politics, U.S. foreign policy, women, gender and conflict.
Tel: 1-508-793-7446

Visiting Faculty

Chen Bram, Ph.D.
Hebrew University anthropologist Chem Bram will spend the spring 2017 semester as the Dana and Yossi Hollander Visiting Professor at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Bram has conducted field work in the Caucasus, Central Asia (especially among Jewish communities), Israel, and among Post-Soviet immigrant communities in NYC. His research focuses on issues of inter-group relations; ethnicity and religion; diversity in Israeli Society; immigration and Diaspora people. Bram served as academic manager of the research group, "Anthropological knowledge; relevance, use and potential" at the Van Leer Institute, and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Florida and at James Madison College of Public Affairs, MSU. Recently he was a research fellow at the International Research Institute at Yad Vashem, focusing on the Holocaust in the Caucasus and Jewish-Muslim Relations. His current research examines Jewish-Muslim relations in Central Asia and the Caucasus and among Jewish immigrants and Arabs in a mixed Jewish-Arab town in Israel.
Tel: 1-508-793-8897