Offering the only program of its kind designed to train students for Ph.D. degrees in Holocaust History and Genocide Studies, the Strassler Center takes great pride in its accomplished and renowned faculty and staff members.
Taner Akçam, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of History; Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies
Historian and sociologist Taner Akçam received his doctorate in 1995 from the University of Hanover, with a dissertation on The Turkish National Movement and the Armenian Genocide Against the Background of the Military Tribunals in Istanbul Between 1919 and 1922.
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.
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.
Everett Fox, Ph.D.
Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department; Allen M. Glick Chair in Judaic and Biblical Studies; Director, Jewish Studies Program
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.
Thomas Kühne, 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. Kühne 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.
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
Srinivasan Sitaraman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Program Faculty for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
American Jewish Studies, race and ethnicity, social stratification, comparative genocide, gender.
Robert D. Tobin, Ph.D.
Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department; Henry J. Leir Chair in Foreign Languages and Cultures; Adjunct Professor, English Department
Comparative Literature and German Program Coordinator
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.