Our Research, Sources, and Bibliographies

At present, the Center for HGHR Studies has assembled a research team to contribute to this project, initiated by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM): The USHMM " is launching a “citizen history” project in which people around the country will examine how their hometown newspapers reported on Holocaust-related events during the 1930s and 1940s. For example, how did journalists report the first news of an extermination camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and how did Americans respond?" More: http://blogs.aaslh.org/history-unfolded-us-holocaust-memorial-museum-launches-citizen-history-project/

Recent books by HGHR Center steering committee members

"Scholar’s Book Analyzes Freedom, Citizenship In Study of Black Militia"

History professor Gregory Mixon’s new book analyzes one state’s process of freedom, citizenship and the incorporation of African Americans within the political and economic structure of the United States after the Civil War.

Show Thyself a Man: Georgia State Troops, Colored, 1865-1905 (University Press of Florida) explores the history of Georgia’s black militia and how both independent militias and state-sponsored militias defined freedom and citizenship for African Americans.

“Black people had a vision for freedom after the Civil War,” Mixon says. “They had a vision of what citizenship should be and that vision conflicted with white definitions of post-Civil War freedom and citizenship.” Attempts to fulfill the African American vision of freedom have often met with resistance.


"To Kill A People: Cox’s Book Considers Genocide in 20th Century"

.... John Cox emphasized that individuals make choices, although these may be under circumstances difficult to imagine.

“We also have it within ourselves to ‘do the right thing,’ so to speak,” he says. “Genocidal violence can begin with small acts that go unopposed; similarly, resistance can begin with small acts or gestures, which then have a rippling effect. One thing we should learn from history is the necessity to be vigilant in defending human rights, and to stand up against bigotry and injustice, and to not keep silent, waiting for the storm to pass. It might not.”


"During the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the cities of the Northeast, Midwest, and West, the local black church was essential in the making and reshaping of urban areas. In Detroit, one church and one minister in particular demonstrate this power of the pulpit.

Julia Marie Robinson, UNC Charlotte associate professor of Religious Studies, looks at the role black churches in urban areas in Race, Religion and the Pulpit – Rev. Robert L. Bradby and the Making of Urban Detroit (Wayne State University Press)."



Articles and Working Papers by HGHR authors


December 2015. "Modeling Genocide" by Elizabeth Von Briesen, UNC Charlotte doctoral student, College of Computing and Informatics. Advised by Drs. Mirsad Hadzikadic and John Cox.

Abstract: Genocide is an occurrence that has been an unfortunate part of our modern and ancient history. Social scientists have explored and continue to explore this phenomenon, seeking to understand its root causes and develop
strategies for prevention. Computational modeling can be very helpful in that respect, as it allows for abstract study of a very real and traumatic human potential. We propose here that implementation of a dynamic network carefully framed in the
domain of complexity theory can be instrumental in furthering research in this area.


November 2015. "Tragic and Full of Revolutionary Hope: From One South to Another" by Casey James Aldridge, UNC Charlotte undergraduate student and HGHR minor. (Click on the link at the top of this Academia.edu site to access the paper.)

Abstract: "In this work I apply previous research on South African contextual theology to the current Black Lives Matter movement in the United States. Looking in particular at the massacre of the Emanuel 9 in Charleston earlier this year, I link the struggles of apartheid South Africa to the US South of our own time, with the aim of creating a common goal of combatting "white Jesus" for the political Left and the Church."  I. Charleston: A Tale of Two Churches   "Roof’s is the Christianity of white supremacy, employed as moral justification for slavery, segregation, and racist Southern strategies. It is the Christianity of empire, Rome’s appropriation of an anti-imperialist myth."     II. Apartheid Bible: A Tale of Two Souths     III. How the Other Half Prays: A Tale of Two Black Liberation Theologies     IV. Empty Pews: A Tale of Two Deaths, One Spiritual and One Material     V. Kairos     "The woes of the church and tragedies of the South have a common enemy in White Jesus and overlapping needs in that the church needs to adapt to survive, and the Left needs mass organization."    


November 2015. "Genocide in Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature: Cambodia to Darfur by Jane M. Gangi" by Dr. Sarah Minslow, UNC Charlotte's Department of English and professor of Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies.


December 2013. "Racial Ideology, Imperialism, and Nazi Genocide" by John Cox, UNC Charlotte associate professor of Holocaust & genocide studies.

"The mass murders of non-Jews are often compartmentalized or treated as separate crimes, listed formulaically at the end of a lecture, course semester, or a book. This essay integrates the targeting of diverse “racial” enemies into an over-arching political and demographic quest, with common ideological origins. Although non-Jewish Soviet victims were more numerous, Hitler’s Jewish victims are correctly recognized as targets of the most radical of the Nazis’ multiple genocides. Hitler and his accomplices perceived Jews as an existential and eternal threat and source of subversion, and were determined to erase their presence completely. Nazi anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish policy were intertwined, however, with other “racial” prejudices and goals, and these should be viewed as a whole and analysed within the wider context of European imperialism and racism."



Recommended websites

These three sites include links and brief descriptions of dozens of other sites related to genocides and genocide studies:




Genocide-studies programs (each site has many additional useful links, sources, etc.):


Clark University

USC (Southern Cal) - Shoah Foundation

University of Minnesota

Keene State University

University of South Florida


Journal of Genocide Research

Genocide Studies and Prevention

Holocaust and Genocide Studies (published by the USHMM)

Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence



Bibliographic essay on genocide historiography, from John Cox, To Kill a People (2016)

The USHMM's excellent online Holocaust bibliographies

USHMM bibliography of primary sources

Yale University's Genocide Studies program maintains up-to-date bibliographies

Not updated as often, but nonetheless this is a good collection of genocide bibliographies