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 at Staffier Associates and Family Continuity

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.

Sarah Cushman, Ph.D. '10

"The Women of Birkenau" 

Current Position:
Academic Program Liaison Officer, The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University, Worcester, MA.

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

Adara Goldberg, Ph.D. '12

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

Current Position:
Director of Education, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Canada

Naama Haviv, MA '06

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

Current Position:
Assistant Director, Jewish World Watch, Los Angeles, CA

Alexis Herr, Ph.D. '14

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

Current Position:
Adjunct Professor, Keene State University

Stefan Ionescu, Ph.D. '13

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

Current Position:
Research Associate and Holocaust History Fellow, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Chapman University.

Jeffrey Koerber, Ph.D. '15   

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

Current Position:
Research Associate and Instructor, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, 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.

Beth Lilach

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

Current Position:
Senior director of Education and Community Affairs, The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, NY

Khachador Mouradian, Ph.D. '16

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

Current Position:
Adjunct Professor, Rutgers Newark

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

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:
Thomas Arthur Arnold Postdoctoral Fellow, the Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University

Lotta Stone, Ph.D. '10

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

Current Position:
Research and Development Associate, Middleton Place Foundation, Charleston, SC