Cox, John

Cox, John
Associate Professor of International Studies; Director, Center for HGHR Studies
Macy 108A
Discipline: Modern European and world history; comparative genocide studies

Areas of expertise: The Holocaust, modern genocide, racism, working-class & labor history, and resistance


Dr. Cox's first book (Circles of Resistance: Jewish, Leftist, and Youth Dissidence in Nazi Germany) was published in 2009, and his To Kill a People: Genocide in the Twentieth Century was published in February 2016 by Oxford University Press. John earned his Ph.D. in History at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2006 and came to UNC Charlotte in 2011, after teaching History for five years at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he founded and directed a Holocaust & human rights studies center.

His current research projects analyze anti-Nazi resistance within Buchenwald and the post-war memory and political uses of that resistance; Jewish participation in the fight against Franco in Spain; and an analysis of the relationship of capitalism to genocide. John is also publishing a memoir written by a German-Jewish anti-Nazi resister, and co-editing a major volume on world genocide, to be published in 2018.

Dr. Cox directs our department's Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights (HGHR) Studies and administers our minor in HGHR Studies. Upcoming events organized or co-sponsored by the Center:

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Published in February 2016:


"Peace in the Park: United against Violence, from Ferguson to Paris to Chapel Hill," March 2015, downtown Charlotte

UNC Charlotte graduation, May 2014

In Barcelona, May 2011, with veteran of the Civil War. He fought with a revolutionary militia (POUM) and later survived the Nazis' infamous Mauthausen concentration camp.

In Charleston, SC, a few days after the June 17, 2015 massacre

In Auschwitz-Birkenau with Prof. Judy La Pietra (above, right) and our March 2013 "Study Abroad" group