Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Beth Cohen Lectures to Undergraduates

Life After the Center

As Holocaust museums and memorials proliferate, Center alumni are poised to assume leadership positions. Indeed they are doing just that as they continue to embrace opportunities for further research and public service. As the only program to provide doctoral education in Holocaust History and Genocide Studies, the Center is proud to serve as a training ground for future curators, education directors, and historians who will advance the field and enhance the education of teachers, students, and the public. Their activities, reported below, attest to the value of the Center’s enterprise of rigorous doctoral education.

Cristina Andriani, Ph.D. '13

"Swords or Plowshares? Holocaust Collective Memories and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict."

Current Position:
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Private Practice, North Grafton.

Elizabeth Anthony, Ph.D. '16

"Return Home: Holocaust Survivors Reestablishing Lives in Postwar Vienna."

Current Position:
Information Tracing Service Staff Scholar, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC.

Sara Brown, Ph.D. '16

"Gender and Agency: Women Rescuers and Perpetrators During the Genocide in Rwanda."

Current Position:
Post-doctoral Fellow-Research Associate, Shoah Foundation Insititute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

LinkedIn page

Beth Cohen, Ph.D. '03

"Case Closed: Holocaust Survivors in Postwar America, 1946-1954."

Current Position:
Lecturer, History and Jewish Studies, California State University, Northridge, CA.

Case Closed: Holocaust Survivors in Postwar America (New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, January 2007).

Sarah Cushman, Ph.D. '10

"The Women of Birkenau." 

Current Position:
Director, Holocaust Educational Foundation, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.

Tiberiu Galis, Ph.D. '15

“Transitional Justice and Transition to a New Regime: Making Sense of Uncertain Times.”                                                                                          

Current Position:
Executive Director, Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, New York and Poland.

Reconstruction Atrocity Prevention (Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, October 2015)

Michael Geheran, Ph.D '16

"Betrayed Comradeship: German-Jewish WWI Veterans under Hitler."

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow in History and Genocide/ Mass Atrocity Studies, West Point United States Military Academy, New York

Adara Goldberg, Ph.D. '12

"We Were Called Greenies: Holocaust Survivors in Postwar Canada." 

Current Position:
Azrieli International Postdoctoral Fellowship, Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, 2016-2017.

Latest Publication:
Holocaust Survivors in Canada: Exclusion, Inclusion, Transformation, 1947-1955. (University of Manitoba Press, 2015.)

LinkedIn page

Naama Haviv, MA '06

"The Pre-Conditions for ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ through ‘Population Transfer’: The Case of Israel-Palestine."

Current Position:
Director of Development at Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Los Angeles, CA

Alexis Herr, Ph.D. '14

"Fossoli di Carpi: The History and Memory of the Holocaust in Italy."

Current Position:
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Center for Advanced Holocuast Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC. 2017

The Holocaust and Compensated Compliance in Italy: Fossoli di Carpi, 1942-1952 (Palgrave Macmillan US, March 30, 2016)

LinkedIn page

Stefan Ionescu, Ph.D. '13

"Romanization: Greed, Opportunism, Corruption, and Resistance in World War II Bucharest."

Current Position:
Research Fellow, Research Institute of the University of Bucharest.

Jewish Resistance to 'Romanianization', 1940-1944 (Palgrave Macmillan UK: Palgrave Macmillan, April 2015)

Jeffrey Koerber, Ph.D. '15  

"Born in the Borderlands: The Response of Jewish Youth to Oppression and Genocide, 1933-1948."

Current Position:
Assistant Professor of Holocaust History, Chapman University, Chapman, CA.

Robin Krause, MA '12

"German Opposition to Genocide: The Case of the Herero, 1904-1907."

Current Position:
Social Studies Teacher, South Oldham High School, Crestwood, Kentucky.

Umit Kurt, Ph.D. '16

"The Making of the Aintab Elite: Social Support, Local Incentives and Provincial Motives Behind the Armenian Genocide (1890s-1920s)"

Current Position:
Polonsky Fellowship, Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem, Israel

Beth Lilach, MA '12

"Aftermath of Liberation: Jewish Life in Displaced Persons Camps, Germany 1945-1957."

Current Position:
Senior Director of Education and Community Affairs, Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, Long Island, New York.

Khachador Mouradian, Ph.D. '16

"Genocide and Humanitarian Resistance in Ottoman Syria, 1915-1917."

Current Position:
Nikit and Eleanora Ordjanian Visiting Professor, Columbia University, New York, NY (2017), and Coordinator, Armenian Genocide Program, Rutgers University.

"Genocide and Humanitarian Resistance in Ottoman Syria, 1915-1916", Études arméniennes contemporaines, Vol. 7 (2016). page

Ilana Offenberger, Ph.D. '10

"The Nazification of Vienna and the Response of the Viennese Jews."

Current Position:
Full-time Lecturer, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Latest Publication:
The Jews of Nazi Vienna, 1938-1945, Palgrave Macmillan US, 2017.

Christine Schmidt, Ph.D. '03

"The Plateau of Hospitality: Jewish Refugee Life on the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon"

Current Position:
Deputy Director and Head of Research, The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide, London

Raz Segal, Ph.D. '13

"Disintegration: Social Breakdown and Political Mass Violence in Subcarpathain Rus.'"

Current Position:
Assistant Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Stockton University, NJ.

Latest Publication:
Genocide in the Carpathians: War, Social Breakdown, and Mass Violence, 1914-1945 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2016)

Link to Professor Segal at Stockton University

Joanna Sliwa, Ph.D.'16

"Jewish Children in Nazi-Occupied Kraków."

Current Employment:

Link to website

Lotta Stone, Ph.D. '10

"Seeking Asylum: Jewish Refugees to South Africa 1930-1948."

Current Position:
Historian, Middleton Place Foundation, Charleston, SC and Editor, "Dear Tante Elizabeth: A Holocuast Letters Project", Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.