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  • Taner Akcam

    Professor, History

    Senior Research Scholar, History

    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. Akçam […]

  • Deborah Dwork

    Professor Emeritus, History

  • Anita Fabos

    Professor, Sustainability and Social Justice

    Anita Fábos is an anthropologist who has worked and conducted research together with Muslim Arab Sudanese refugees in the Middle East, Europe, and North America. Formerly the Director of the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies program at the American University in […]

  • Everett Fox

    Professor, Language, Literature & Culture

    Dr. Fox received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 1968, 1972, and 1975, respectively. He has been at Clark since 1987. Dr. Fox serves as director of the program in Jewish Studies, and is also affiliated with the […]

  • Marta Havryshko

    Visiting Assistant Professor, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

    Dr. Marta Havryshko holds a PhD in History from the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (Ukraine). Her research interests are primarily focused on sexual violence during World War II and the Holocaust, women's history, feminism, and nationalism. More on Marta […]

  • Elizabeth Imber

    Assistant Professor, History

    Elizabeth Imber is Assistant Professor of History and the Michael and Lisa Leffell Chair in Modern Jewish History at Clark University. She received a B.A. (2009) and M.A. (2010) from Brandeis University and an M.A. (2013) and Ph.D. (2018) from […]

  • Nana Kesse

    Assistant Professor, History

    I am a historian of Africa specializing in environmental history with a focus on Africa's water systems and bodies of water. My research examines how Africans have interacted with waterbodies throughout history and how such interactions have shaped the continent's […]

  • Benjamin Korstvedt

    Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

    Professor Benjamin M. Korstvedt is an active researcher and scholar, a committed and enthusiastic teacher, a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, and a productive author and editor. He graduated summa cum laude from Clark University in 1987 with […]

  • Thomas Kuehne

    Professor, History

    Director of the Strassler Family Center

    Thomas Kühne is Professor of History and the Strassler Chair in the Study of Holocaust History and the Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. Currently he serves also as Director of Holocaust and […]

  • Stephen Levin

    Associate Professor, English

    Professor Levin specializes in contemporary British and postcolonial literature, transnational cultural studies, and critical and literary theory. His research focuses on the ways in which twentieth-century global conditions have shaped contemporary culture and produced new discourses of self and identity. […]

  • Ken MacLean

    Professor, Sustainability and Social Justice

    Professor, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

    My research is interdisciplinary in nature reflecting my continued interest in the politics of knowledge production. With a geographic focus mainland Southeast Asia, I concentrate on a number of inter-related topics—from state-sponsored violence and forced migration to the politics of […]

  • Max Ritts

    Assistant Professor, Geography

    Max Ritts is an environmental geographer whose research explores intersections of social power, sensory practice, and ecological transformation – with a particular focus on Indigenous community contexts. His in-process book, A Resonant Ecology (under contract with Duke UP), examines the […]

  • Zoe Samudzi

    Visiting Assistant Professor, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

    Zoé Samudzi is a sociologist with a PhD in Medical Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco and an MSc in Health, Community, and Development from the London School of Economics. Her research is primarily concerned with German imperialism, […]

  • Elyse Semerdjian is a social historian of the Ottoman Empire whose research focuses on the experiences of women and the empire's Armenian subjects. She has authored “Off the Straight Path”: Illicit Sex, Law, and Community in Ottoman Aleppo (Syracuse University […]

  • 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 political science fiction. Her research interests lie mainly at the […]

  • Ora Szekely

    Associate Professor, Political Science

    Ora Szekely’s research focuses on the foreign and domestic policies of nonstate armed groups in the Middle East, as well as the gendered dimensions of civil war. Her work is based on field research conducted across the region. Her most […]

  • Frances Tanzer

    Assistant Professor, History

    Frances Tanzer is a historian of modern Jewish culture, the Holocaust, and Modern Europe. Most broadly, she is interested in writing histories of modern Europe that focus on the paradoxical but crucial roles of refugees and minorities in shaping the […]

  • Ms. Tenenbaum received a B.A. from Antioch College and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University. She was the founding director of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies concentration and is also affiliated with Women's and Gender Studies, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, […]

  • Johanna Vollhardt

    Associate Professor, Psychology

    Dr. Vollhardt received a Ph.D. in Social Psychology (with a concentration in the Psychology of Peace and Violence) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and joined Clark University in Fall 2009. She is affiliated with CGRAS, CRES, HGS, and Peace […]

  • Dr. Williams teaches courses on international relations, including Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict, and International Security; U.S. National Security; Women and War; Popular Culture and IR; and Religion and International Relations. In addition to her research that addresses the connection between international […]

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