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Educating about genocide and mass atrocities

Genocide, mass atrocities, crimes against humanity and their prevention stand at the core of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Home to a uniquely rich undergraduate program and a landmark doctoral program, the Strassler Center is the first and only institute of its kind. Since it was established in 1998, it has gained international standing as the sole program to train students for Ph.D. degrees in Holocaust History and Genocide Studies. The Center’s growth and development demonstrate that a small research university can achieve excellence and broad regard with a flagship program.

Our Faculty

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.

Dr. Thomas Kuhne

Thomas Kühne, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of History; Strassler Chair in the Study of Holocaust History; Director, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The Rise and Fall of Comradeship
Belonging and Genocide
“Masculinity and the Third Reich”


Taner Akçam, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of History; Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies

Abdul Hamid II Era and Beyond Conference
Krikor Guerguerian Archive
Killing Orders: Talat Pasha’s Telegrams and the Armenian Genocide


Ken Maclean

Ken MacLean, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment
Associate Professor, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Director of Asia
n Studies

International Association of Genocide Scholars Annual Conference – “The Rohingya Crisis: Forensics Practices and the Politics of Proof”
“The Rohingya Crisis and the Practices of Erasure”
“Famine Crimes: Military Operations, Forced Migration, and Chronic Hunger in Eastern Burma/Myanmar (2006-2008)”


Frances Tanzer

Frances Tanzer, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

USHMM Conference – “Fleeing the Nazis:  Austrian Jewish Refugees to the United States Panel II”
“Performing the Austrian-Jewish (Negative) Symbiosis: Stella Kadmon’s Viennese Stage from Red Vienna to the Second Republic”

For more information on our faculty members and a complete list of visiting and affiliated faculty, please visit our Faculty and Staff Page.

Our Public Programs

E Pluribus Unum Keynote

Public programs engage the world in which we live.  Unless noted, all events are free and open to the public.
Visit our Events & Programs page to learn about upcoming events.  For a list of past events and to listen to recordings from them,  please visit our Speaker Archives.

Featured Collection

The Robert Messing ’59 Holocaust Numismatic Collection contains an assortment of monetary notes & coins.

View Messing PDF

Year End Report

A comprehensive report on the activities of the Strassler Center.

View Current Report

Krikor Guerguerian Archive

Genocide survivor Krikor Guergerian collected documents related to the Armenian Genocide, starting from the 1930s until his death in 1988.  Professor Taner Akçam unearthed his archive, oversaw the project of transcription, translation, and devised an index of materials.

Krikor Guerguerian Archive
Colin Flug Wing

The Colin Flug Graduate Study Wing

Take a closer look and learn more about our growing Rose Library and the newest edition, the Colin Flug Graduate Study Wing.