Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Cohen-Lasry House at sunrise

Program Faculty

Taner Akcam, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of History; Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies
Turkey, nationalism and the Armenian Genocide
Tel: 1-508-421-3863

Debórah Dwork, Ph.D.
Rose Professor of Holocaust History, Department of History
Director of the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Historian Dr. Debórah Dwork, one of the first historians to study the Holocaust and to collect oral histories from Holocaust survivors, uses a variety of sources--including government and philanthropic agency archives, newspapers, letters, memoirs and interviews--to understand the causes and impacts of the Holocaust and other genocides of the twentieth century.
Tel: 1-508-793-7450

Jody Emel, Ph.D.
Professor and Acting Director (Spring 2015), School of Geography
Resource/environmental geography, animal geographies, feminist/social theory
Tel: 508-793-7317

Anita Häusermann Fábos, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
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.
Tel: 1-508-421-3826

Everett Fox, Ph.D.
Allen M. Glick Chair in Judaic and Biblical Studies; Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department; Director, Jewish Studies Program
Director of Jewish Studies Concentration 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.
Tel: 1-508-793-7355

Thomas Kuehne, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of History; Strassler Family Chair in the Study of Holocaust History
Director of Graduate Studies, Holocaust History and Genocide Studies Dr. Kuehne 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.
Tel: 1-508-793-7523

Olga Litvak, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of History; Michael and Lisa Leffell Chair in Modern Jewish History
Dr. Litvak specializes in Eastern European and modern Jewish history. She has written and lectured on a wide range of subjects related to the study of Russian Jewry, including urban violence, literary and artistic life, war, revolution and migration. She has also been pursuing the study of Jewish participation in the making of modern Russian visual culture.
Tel: 1-508-793-7254

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
Tel: 1-508-793-8817

Srinivasan Sitaraman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Program Faculty for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
United Nations and international law, international political economy, and international relations
Tel: 1-508-793-7684

Valerie Sperling, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Political Science
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 introduction to women’s studies. Her research interests include globalization and accountability, social movements, gender politics, patriotism and militarism, and state-building in the post-communist region.
Tel: 1-508-793-7679

Shelly Tenenbaum, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Sociology
Coordinator of Undergraduate Activities, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
American Jewish Studies, race and ethnicity, social stratification, comparative genocide, gender
Tel: 1-508-793-7241

Robert D. Tobin, Ph.D.
Henry J. Leir Chair in Foreign Languages and Cultures; Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department; Adjunct Professor, English Department
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.
Tel: 1-508-793-7353

Jaan Valsiner, Ph.D.
Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology; Adjunct Professor, Department of English
Dr. Valsiner is a developmental scientist who is one of the core members of the Socio-Evolutionary-Cultural Psychology Graduate Program (SEC) within the department. He takes interest in the cultural organization of mental and affective processes in human development across the whole life span. Another domain of his research involves psychology's history as a resource of ideas for contemporary advancement of the discipline and in theoretical models of how human beings are carriers of culture.

Johanna Ray Vollhardt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology
Group-based victimization; inclusive and exclusive victim consciousness; acknowledgment; prosocial behavior between groups (especially between minority and victim groups); psychology of genocide
Tel: 1-508-793-7278

Kristen Williams, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science
International relations theory, arms control and international security, nationalism and ethnic politics, U.S. foreign policy, women, gender and conflict.
Tel: 1-508-793-7446

Visiting Faculty

Dyan Mazurana, Ph.D.
The Cathy Cohen Lasry Visiting Associate Professor