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Doctoral Programs

An interdisciplinary institute, the Strassler Center offers two doctoral degree specializations through the Departments of History and Psychology.

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.

Ph.D. in History Specialization

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.

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Ph.D. in Psychology Specialization

The field of social psychology opens new perspectives on the causes of genocide, the experiences of  victim groups, the effects of group trauma on society, and the possibilities for prevention and intervention. Doctoral candidates in this track earn a Ph.D. in Psychology.

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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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Mary Jane Rein, Executive Director,