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Doctoral Programs

An interdisciplinary institute, the Strassler Center offers several doctoral degree specializations through the Departments of History and Psychology, and through the Graduate School of Geography:

The ability to conduct original research and to generate new knowledge is the hallmark of scholarship. Graduate students enrolled at the Strassler Center achieve a deep understanding of their area of specialization, learn relevant methodologies and historiography, and develop the skills needed for independent research. The Ph.D. program aims to prepare Holocaust and genocide scholars as well as future leaders, human rights advocates, and decision makers in government bureaucracies, corporations, and NGOs.

The history program offers students a range of courses covering a spectrum of topics pertaining to the history of the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and comparative genocide. Doctoral candidates in this program earn a Ph.D in history.

The intersection of social psychology and history shapes an innovative program in the psychology of genocide. Training in this area opens new perspectives on the antecedent causes for genocide around the globe, the experiences of different victim groups, the effects of group trauma on society, and the possibilities for political prevention and humanitarian intervention. Doctoral candidates in this track earn a Ph.D. in social psychology.

A partnership between the Graduate School of Geography and the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies will pilot an innovative doctoral track leading to a Ph.D. in geography. Students working at the intersection of geography and genocide will consider the landscapes and spatial dynamics of genocide and mass violence, including the visualization of space and place, population analyses, and resource distribution.

Graduate students are expected, through disciplined and rigorous application, to fulfill the program requirements in five years. A number of our students receive fellowships from Claims Conference ( and other foundations to support their studies.

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For further information, please contact:

Mary Jane Rein, Executive Director,