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The Masters Degree Program in Holocaust and
Genocide Studies at Kean University is uniquely
poised to educate leaders in education and other
professional fields for the 21st century.
Its main concern is to understand our world’s
peoples and countries who endured extreme
assault and now seek recognition as an
international player. Kean University’s Masters
Degree Program in Holocaust and Genocide
Studies offers the chance to grasp and influence
this historical dynamic.
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The MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
is a significant response to teaching
mandates and the demand for informed
global policymakers and scholars
knowledgeable about genocide in
comparative perspective. To meet these
demands it –
•Offers 19 interdisciplinary courses taught by dedicated faculty in
mentoring roles
•Offers, pending final agreement, a unique global dual masters degree
track with the United Kingdom’s University of Leicester School of Law’s
human rights program (MA/LLM)
•Develops skills for independent research and pedagogical innovation
•Prepares graduates for teaching, scholarship, and careers as global and
social entrepreneurs, nonprofit policymakers, public affairs writers and
journalists, human rights advocates, and as leaders in religion,
government, and global corporations.
The program benefits considerably from Kean University’s commitment to an education for the 21st
century.
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The Human Rights Institute and its noteworthy conferences, speaker series, and exhibits
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The Holocaust Resource Center, a teacher-training institute and repository of video
survivors’ testimonies recorded in affiliation with the United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem
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The Faculty Seminar in Comparative Cultures, which, in 2011-12, is examining the topic
“Just War: Theories and Case Studies”
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Undergraduate concentrations in Africana Studies, Latin American Studies, Jewish
Studies, and Women’s Studies
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Collaboration with human rights organizations, NGOs, world-class museums, and the
United Nations in nearby New York City.
Photojournalist Ryan Spencer Reed reflects on Darfur
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The Masters Degree Program in
Holocaust and Genocide Studies
regards the Holocaust as the
paradigmatic genocide – the event
that produced the grammar of
genocide studies. The program
therefore requires several courses
dedicated to understanding the
Holocaust era. Its other courses cast
a wider net, making it possible to
study genocide in comparative
perspective.
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Core Courses—18 credits
MAHG 5000 History of the Holocaust: Part 1
MAHG 5001 History of the Holocaust: Part 2
MAHG 5002 History of the Jewish People
MAHG 5003 History of Anti-Semitism
MAHG 5004 The Holocaust in Literature and
Film
MAHG 5005 Philosophical, Theological, and
Legal Aspects of the Holocaust and Genocide
Required Courses in Genocide—6 Credits
(choose 2 courses)
MAHG 5011 Genocide on the African Continent:
Colonial
MAHG 5012 Native-American Genocide
MAHG 5014 The Armenian Genocide
MAHG 5015 Genocide in Asian History
MAHG 5016 The Ukrainian Famine as a question
of Genocide, 1932-1933
MAHG 5017 African-American Genocide and
Slavery
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Electives—6 Credits (choose 2 courses)
MAHG 5018 Comparative Genocide
MAHG 5020 The Churches and the Holocaust
MAHG 5022 The Social Psychology of
Prejudice
EMSE 5342 Teaching the Holocaust *
EMSE 5343 Teaching Prejudice Reduction *
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Thesis —6 Credits
ID 5800 Tutorial (Literature Review)
ID 5801 Thesis Writing
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All courses are 3 credits - Total 36 Credits
*Credited toward the degree
Graduate Student
Research
Graduate students participate in
international conferences, including two
recent panels at Millersville University
conferences –
Versions of Memory: Manipulated,
Suppressed, and Corrected
Marguerite Romano, Propaganda as an
Instrument for Manipulating Memory of the
German destiny or World War I
Jamie Boszko, W.G. Sebald on what Germans
Could Not or Would Not Remember
Rebecca Scott, Correcting Memories by
Exploring the Phenomenon of Intimate Killing
State Propaganda and the Seeds of
Genocide
Evan Alberhasky, An Appeal to the Emotions:
The Use of Propaganda as a Tool to the Masses
Jeremy Chaudruc, The Politics of Fear
Walter McGee, Dictatorship and Democracy:
Considering Propaganda in Context
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Frank Argote-Freyre, Ph.D. Professor of History; Latin [email protected]
Kenneth Dollarhide, Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy; indigenous peoples, Native Americans /
[email protected]
Frank Esposito Ph.D. Professor of History; Native Americans / [email protected]
Emily Filardo, Professor of Psychology; social psychology of prejudice / [email protected]
Sue Gronewold, PhD. Professor of History; world history, Asia / [email protected]
Ruth Griffith, PhD. Professor of English; Ukraine and East Europe / [email protected]
Gilbert Kahn, PhD. Professor of Political Science; Middle East, Antisemitism /
[email protected]
Henry Kaplowitz, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology; human rights / [email protected]
Dennis Klein, Ph.D. Professor of History; Jewish studies , Holocaust / [email protected]
Gary Kulhanjian, EdS. History; Middle East, Turkey-Armenia [email protected]
Sidney Langer, Ph.D. Professor of Sociology; extreme situations / [email protected]
Joseph Preil, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, Instruction, Curriculum & Administration; teaching the
Holocaust and prejudice reduction / [email protected]
Stacy Schiller, MA. Acting Director, Holocaust Resource Center; teacher education /
[email protected]
Davida Schuman, Ph.D. Professor of Special Education; education strategies/
[email protected]
Carole Shaffer-Koros, Ph.D. Professor of English; the Holocaust in literature and film /
[email protected]
Robert Sitelman, Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy; theology and law / [email protected]
Jay Spaulding, Ph.D. Professor of History; Subsaharan Africa / [email protected]
Melody Toby, PhD. Professor of Sociology; Western religions, the churches and the Holocaust
[email protected]
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As the 21st century defines a heterogeneous and globally connected
environment; as the United States seeks ways to negotiate a multi-polar
world; and as peoples and countries – enduring colonization, human
rights violations, and genocide – emerge as international players, our
recent graduates are poised to interpret and teach about these
developments and to influence decision-makers.
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Evan Alberhasky Thesis: “ The Plight of German Jewry: A Relationship Between Emancipation
and antisemitism.” Adviser: Gilbert Kahn. Employment: Human Resources, Jewish Theological
Seminary
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Jamie Boszko Thesis: “The Holodomor as Genocide Through the Analysis of Other World
Famines.” Adviser: Ruth Griffith. Employment: Adjunct Professor teaching The Holocaust,
Genocide, and Modern Humanity at Kean University
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Danielle Dorta Thesis: “The Longest Struggle: The Continued Destruction of the Native
Americans in the 19th and 20th Centuries.” Adviser: Frank Esposito. Employment: Middle School
Teacher
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Kate MacIntyre-Blaha Thesis: “A Comprehensive Lesson Plan for the Special Needs Classroom.”
Adviser: Sue Gronewold. Employment: High School Special Needs Teacher.
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Walter Mc Gee Thesis: “Into the Hands of the Rising Sun: War and Genocide Between China and
Japan, 1931-1945.” Adviser: Sue Gronewold. Employment: Adjunct Professor at Kean University
and Assistant to the MAHGS director.
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Joanna Sliwa Thesis: “Jewish Children in the Krakow Ghetto.”Adviser: Bernard Weinstein.
Employment: Fulbright Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate, Clark University
The Masters Degree Program in Holocaust and
Genocide Studies sponsors or cosponsors conferences,
symposia, and visiting scholars to engage its students
and faculty, as well as the general public, in crucial
discussions about the origins, interpretations, and
memory of genocide. Recent programs included –
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Israeli Director Yael Hersonski, director, A Film Unfinished,
joined by scholar Michael Berenbaum for an analysis of Nazi
film propaganda.
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“The Question of Post-Genocide Justice: The Cambodian
Tribunals,” a symposium featuring witness Loung Ung and
representatives from the United Nations and the Open Society
Justice Initiative.
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Deadlines: June 1 for the fall semester / December 1 for the spring semester
Complete applications comprise –
The Nathan Weiss Graduate College application (grad.kean.edu), including personal statement and
CV or professional resume
Two letters of recommendation
Official transcripts from each college and university attended indicating in lieu of experience a
baccalaureate degree with a 3.0 overall GPA
MAT examination (recommended) or GRE (have scores sent to Kean University, Code 2517)
$75 non-refundable application fee
Scholarships
Degree applicants can apply for program and university scholarships - Dedicated program
scholarships include –
The Hannah Senesh Award
The Senator Raymond J. Lesniak Scholarship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Graduate Assistantship
Dedicated Fulbright Fellowships for degree candidates electing the dual masters degree option
(MA/LLM) at the UK’s University of Leicester School of Law
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Matriculated degree candidates are also eligible for 11 university Foundation scholarships.
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Questions? Contact Dr. Dennis Klein at [email protected]
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International applicants: note – Applicants who are not native English speakers must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit scores
along with other application documents. Details and the examination are at www.toefl.org.
We welcome your visit anytime. Contact us for an appointment, for opportunities
to visit classes, and for ascertaining dates of Graduate College Open Houses. Kean
University is a beautiful campus in suburban central New Jersey, making your
visit pleasant and memorable as well as informative.
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Contact Dennis Klein / [email protected]
Program Associates
Walter McGee, Assistant to the Director / [email protected]
Rebecca Scott, Assistant to the Director / [email protected]
Allison Denton, Social Media / [email protected]
Mary Woubneh, Budget Manager / [email protected]
Hank Kaplowitz, Professor of Psychology, Special Assistant
to the President for the Human Rights Institute / [email protected]
Stacy Schiller, Acting Director, Holocaust Resource Center
and the Diversity Council [email protected]
James Conyers, Professor of Sociology and Director, Africana Studies
[email protected]
Emily Filardo, Professor of Psychology and Director, Women’s Studies
[email protected]
Dennis Klein, Professor of History and Director, Jewish Studies Program
[email protected]
Nazih Richani, Professor of Political Science and Director,
Latin American Studies [email protected]

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