PhD, Economic History, Monash University, 1989
Grad. Dip. Ed., University of Melbourne, 1983
MA, History, La Trobe University, 1982
BA (Hons), La Trobe University, 1977
Research and Teaching Interests: The Holocaust; Modern Jewish history; Genocide in the modern world; the two World Wars; British foreign policy in the 1930s
- EUH 3241: The Holocaust
- EUH 2031: Modern European History
- WHO 3231: Genocide in World History
- EUH 3465: History of Nazi Germany
- HIS 4931: Persecution of “the Other”
- EUH 6939: Graduate Seminar in European History
- HIS 2301: History and Film
- EUH 4682: Modern Jewish History
- EUH 3572: History of Russia
- EUH 3930: ST: Europe in World War II
- IDS 3197: Reflecting on the Holocaust
- The Evian Conference of 1938 and the Jewish Refugee Crisis, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
- The Holocaust: An Encyclopedia and Document Collection (co-editor), Santa Barbara (CA): ABC-CLIO, 2017 (4 volumes).
- Resisting the Holocaust: Upstanders, Partisans, and Survivors, Santa Barbara (CA): ABC-CLIO, 2016.
- The Bosnian Genocide: The Essential Reference Guide (ed.), Santa Barbara (CA): ABC-CLIO, 2016.
- Modern Genocide: The Definitive Resource and Document Collection (co-editor), Santa Barbara (CA): ABC-CLIO, 2015 (4 volumes); winner of Reference and User Services Association Award for Outstanding Reference Work 2016; Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2016.
- Genocide: The Basics, Oxford: Routledge, 2015.
- Encountering Genocide: Personal Accounts from Victims, Perpetrators, and Witnesses, Santa Barbara (CA): ABC-CLIO, 2014.
- A Biographical Encyclopedia of Contemporary Genocide: Portraits of Evil and Good, Santa Barbara (CA): ABC-CLIO, 2012; Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2013
- Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide (co-author), London: Routledge, 2011.
- The Genocide Studies Reader (co-editor), New York: Routledge, 2009.
- A Dictionary of Genocide (co-author), Westport (CT): Greenwood Press, 2007 (2 volumes).
- Teaching about the Holocaust: Essays by College and University Teachers (co-editor), Westport (CT): Praeger, 2004.
- Bolt from the Blue: Australia, Britain and the Chanak Crisis, Sydney: Halstead Press, 2002.
- Surviving the Camps: Unity in Adversity during the Holocaust, Lanham (MD): University Press of America, 2000.
- False Havens: The British Empire and the Holocaust (ed.), Lanham (MD): University Press of America, 1995.
- Australia and the Holocaust, 1933-45, Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 1994.
- The Dunera Affair: A Documentary Resource Book (ed.), Melbourne: Jewish Museum of Australia/Schwartz and Wilkinson, 1990.
Articles (partial list from 2012)
- “'Who Remembers the Armenians?’ Adolf Hitler and the Armenian Genocide,” in Carol Rittner (ed.), Teaching about the Holocaust and Genocide: Essays by Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Scholars to Honor the Memory of Dr. Vera King Farris, Galloway (NJ): Stockton University, 2016, pp. 19-23.
- “Four Women: Different Approaches to Resistance in the Concentration Camps during the Holocaust,” in Victoria Khiterer with Abigail S. Gruber (Ed.), Holocaust Resistance in Europe and America, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017, pp. 62-69.
- “Considering Genocide Testimony: Three Case Studies from the Armenian, Pontic, and Assyrian Genocides,” in George N. Shirinian (ed.), Genocide in the Ottoman Empire: Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks, 1913-1923, New York: Berghahn, 2017, pp. 135-157.
- “Film,” and “What Kinds of Classrooms?”, in Carol Rittner and John K. Roth (ed.), Teaching about Rape in War and Genocide, Houndmills, Basingstoke (UK): Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp. 78-79 and 89-91.
- “Considering the Holocaust and Genocide: Is there a Difference, and Does it Matter?”, in Nancy E. Rupprecht and Wendy Koenig (ed.), Global Perspectives on the Holocaust: History, Identity, Legacy, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015, pp. 294-304.
- “Realpolitik: The Major Impediment to the Prevention and Intervention of Genocide,” (co-author with Samuel Totten), in Samuel Totten (ed.), Impediments to the Prevention and Intervention of Genocide, New Brunswick (NJ): Transaction Publishers, 2013, pp. 7-30.
- “Political Realism, Sovereignty and Intervention: Is Genocide Prevention Really Possible in a World of Nation States?”, in Deborah Mayersen and Annie Pohlman (ed.), Genocide and Mass Atrocities in Asia: Legacies and Prevention, London: Routledge, 2013, pp. 119-135.
- “Getting the Terminology Right: Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing, and Crimes against Humanity in Biafra,” in Chima J. Korieh (ed.), The Nigeria-Biafra War: Genocide and the Politics of Memory, Amherst (NY): Cambria Press, 2012, pp. 43-59.
- “Genocide, Rape, and the Movies,” in Carol Rittner and John K. Roth (ed.), Rape: Weapon of War and Genocide, St. Paul (MN): Paragon House, 2012, pp. 177-194.
- “Righteousness in the Face of Evil,” in Colin Tatz (ed.), Genocide Perspectives IV: Essays on Holocaust and Genocide, Sydney: Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 2012, pp. 465-490.
- “Massacre and the Movies: Soldier Blue and the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864,” in Kristi M. Wilson and Tomas Crowder-Taraborrelli (ed.), Film and Genocide, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012, pp. 109-212.
Conference Presentations (partial list from 2012)
- “'The war will be continued until it’s won, that’s our destiny:’ None Shall Escape (1944) and Operation Eichmann (1961) as Predictive Movies about the Holocaust,” delivered at Western Jewish Studies Association Annual Conference, Claremont-McKenna College, Claremont, CA, March 26-27, 2017.
- “Why the Holocaust Still Matters,” delivered at History, Memory, and Justice Conference, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL, March 24-25, 2017.
- “Integrating The Quarrel and/or God on Trial into a Holocaust History Curriculum,” delivered at Annual Film and History Conference (Jewish Film Area), Milwaukee, WI, October 26-30, 2016.
- “A Snapshot of Goodness: Ernst Leitz II, the Leica Camera Company, and Jewish Rescue during the Holocaust,” delivered at 2016 Midwest Jewish Studies Association Conference, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, September 10-12, 2016
- “Holocaust Awareness and Australian Jewish Involvement in Aboriginal Civil Rights: Active and Passive?”, delivered at The Holocaust and the Struggle for Civil Rights Conference, University of Sussex, UK, April 14-15, 2016
- “St. Hedwig’s Cathedral, Berlin, as a Focus of Anti-Nazi Opposition during the Holocaust,” delivered at 34th Millersville University Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Lancaster, PA, April 6-8, 2016
- “2 x 36 = 72: Munich and the Shadow of the Berlin Games,” delivered at The Nazi Games: The Berlin Olympics after 80 Years Conference, Florida Gulf Coast University, March 29-30, 2016
- “The Boxer and the Cyclist: Two Elite Sportsmen who Saved Jewish Lives during the Holocaust,” delivered at 12th International Holocaust Conference, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, October 20-23, 2015
- “Saying No: The Many and Varied Forms of Resistance during the Shoah,” delivered at Midwest Jewish Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, October 18-19, 2015
- “Conflicted Nazis during the Holocaust: Perpetrators as Resisters and Rescuers,” delivered at Encountering Perpetrators of Mass Killings, Political Violence, and Genocide Conference, University of Winchester, United Kingdom, September 1-3, 2015
- “ANZAC Jews from Australia and New Zealand during the Great War: The Search for Recognition,” delivered at Western Jewish Studies Association Annual Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, May 13-14, 2015
- “Saving Many through the Sacrifice of Some: Complicity to Some Purpose during the Holocaust, the Case of Walter Lustig,” delivered at: Great Lakes History Conference, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI, October 10-11, 2014
- “Another Shade of Grey: Kurt Gerstein, SS Mass Murderer and (Almost) Righteous Gentile,” delivered at Midwest Jewish Studies Association Annual Conference, Kent State University, Kent, OH, September 14-15, 2014
- “Britain and the Outbreak of the Second World War: The Case of Sir Nevile Henderson,” delivered at War is Declared! September 1939 Symposium, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL, September 2, 2014
- “An Icelandic Jewish Saga: Tears of Stone and the Story of Jón and Annie Leifs,’ delivered at Western Jewish Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, May 4-5, 2014
- “Confronting the Nazis in the Concentration Camp: Roza Robota, Sylvia Salvesen, and Alma Rosé – Three Approaches to Resistance,” delivered at 33rd Millersville University Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Lancaster, PA, April 2-4, 2014
- “The Dilemmas of Helping: Goodness on Trial in Hungary during the Shoah,” delivered at: The Holocaust in Hungary, 70 Years On: New Perspectives, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL, March 16-18, 2014
- “Film: Whether/When to Use It,” delivered at Teaching about Rape as a Weapon of War and Genocide Seminar, Campion Hall, University of Oxford, March 8-12, 2014
- “'The past still haunts me today:’ Reading Survivor Accounts of Genocide from a Safe Distance,” delivered at Genocide Studies: Sound, Image, Archive Workshop, University of Newcastle, UK, November 8, 2013
- “The Bitter-Sweet Jew in Holocaust Movies: Genghis Cohn, the Jewish Barber, and Schlomo the Idiot,” delivered at Midwest Jewish Studies Association Annual Conference, Spertus Institute, Chicago, IL, October 20-21, 2013
- “The Ambiguities of Compliance: Developing Nazi Antisemitism as a Civic Good,” delivered at 11th International Holocaust Conference, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, October 15-18, 2013
- “Acts of Goodness in the Face of Genocide: Jewish Leadership in Sarajevo and Mostar, 1992-1995,” delivered at Resisting the Path to Genocide: Individual Resistance? Workshop, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, September 26-28, 2013
- “Jewish Refugee Rescue before World War II: Judging Failure, or Seeking Understanding?”, delivered at The Future of Holocaust Studies Conference, University of Southampton/University of Winchester, United Kingdom, July 29-31, 2013
- “Considering Genocide Testimony: Three Case Studies from the Armenian, Pontic, and Assyrian Genocides,” delivered at The Ottoman Turkish Genocides of Anatolian Christians: A Common Case Study Conference, Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Skokie, IL, May 10-11, 2013
- “’Negating’ and ‘Minimizing’ the Holocaust: the Perceived Sins of a Genocide Scholar,” delivered at Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches Think Tank, American Jewish University, CA, March 16-18, 2013
- “Thousands of Tears in a World of Pain: Survivor Testimony and the Guatemalan Genocide of 1982,’ delivered at Hispanic Heritage Month Academic Seminar, New Directions in the Social and Political History of Colombia and Latin America, Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL, October 18, 2012.
- “When Good Breaks Out during Genocide: Case Studies of Heroic Acts in the Face of Evil,” delivered at 3rd Global Conference on Genocide, International Network of Genocide Scholars, San Francisco State University, San Francisco CA, June 28-July 1, 2012.
- “The Wannsee Conference: A Decision, or a Confirmation?”, delivered at 42nd Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches, Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY, May 12-14, 2012.
- “The Seventh Cross (1944) and the Cinematic Concentration Camp,” delivered at Western Jewish Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, March 25-26, 2012.
- Reference and User Services Association Award for Outstanding Reference Work 2016 for Modern Genocide: The Definitive Resource and Document Collection, 2016.
- Choice Outstanding Academic Title for Modern Genocide: The Definitive Resource and Document Collection, 2016.
- Choice Outstanding Academic Title for A Biographical Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Genocide: Portraits of Evil and Good, 2013.
- Assyrian Community of Victoria Excellence Award, 2011.
- Friend of the Armenian Community, Melbourne, 2008.
- Supported Researcher, University of South Australia, 1996.
- Nomination for United States National Jewish Book Award for False Havens: The British Empire and the Holocaust, 1995.
- Honorary Life Membership, Jewish Museum of Australia, 1990.
Service to the Profession (partial list)
- Vice-President, Midwest Jewish Studies Association, 2012-date
- Board Member, Jewish Federation of Lee-Charlotte Counties, 2015-date
- Member, Advisory Board, Online Genocide Database, ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara (CA), 2012-date
- Member, Honorary Editorial Advisory Board, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1988-date
- Member, Editorial Board, Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, 2009-2016
- Member, Honorary Editorial Advisory Board, Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, 2006-2012