HGHR Center Research


HGHR steering committee members John Cox and Amal Khoury, with long-time HGHR professor Dr. Sarah Minslow, have signed a contract with Routledge to co-edit a book on genocide-denial, based on our April 2019 conference. Denial: the Final Stage of Genocide? will be published in 2021 and include contributions from well-established as well as emerging scholars. Among other chapters and topics, the book will include: 

Indigenous Genocide Denial and Settler Colonialism; 
The Holomodor (Ukrainian famine-genocide) and Holocaust Memory in Competition and Cooperation;
Denial and the Duvalier Regime in Haiti;
Commemorating Seventeenth-Century Dutch Colonial Violence;
Soviet Denial of Murdered Jews’ Identity During and After WWII;
US warfare in Vietnam and "plausible denialibility";
Triumphalism: The Final Stage of Bosnian Genocide;
Denying Rwanda, Denying Congo;
Music to confront denial of the Armenian Genocide;
Gendercide and the Destruction of the Transgender Body;
Trauma-Informed Transitional Justice;
and "Is Denial the Final Stage? Consolidation and the Metaphysical Dimensions of Denial”

Our colleagues at Genocide Studies & Prevention are also devoting a special issue to the conference.

Where to publish your work: Student journals


More lists of student journals

"The Undergraduate Research Commons includes award-winning capstone projects, faculty-mentored research, multi-media collections, student journals, presentations and peer-reviewed scholarship from hundreds of undergraduate institutions."

International Research Affiliates of the HGHR Center


Dr. Adam Jones, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC, Canada

Dr. Jones is working with the Center on a co-edited genocide-studies reader that will include sections on, among other topics, Imperialism, and Colonialism; Religion; Judeophobia and Islamophobia; Fascism; Poverty, Structural Violence, and the Environment; Psychology of Perpetrators and Rescuers; Gender, Rape, and Genocide; Interventions and Aftermaths; and Cultural Legacies.

Dr. Hikmet Karčić, Institute for Islamic Tradition of Bosniaks in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Dr. Karčić is working with the Center on a research project titled "Anti-Nazi resistance by Bosniak Muslims during the Second World War."

U.S.-based Research Affiliates of the HGHR Center

Dr. Sarah Minslow, Cal State-LA, Department of English. Dr. Minslow is collaborating witth our Center on a co-edited book on genocide denial.


Articles and Working Papers by HGHR authors

Elizabeth M. von Briesen, UNC Charlotte PhD candidate in Computing and Informatics, "Modeling Genocide at the System and Agent Levels" (Policy and Complex Systems, Vol 3: 2 [Fall 2019])

Abstract: This research works to bridge the gap between the knowledge of social scientists in the field of genocide studies and that of computational experts. A thorough system-level description of the problem informs the implementation of an agent-based model (ABM) that simulates local interactions in a society composed of two identity groups. This model explores how dynamics between agents with different identities, ideology, influence, susceptibility, and threshold to act against those of a different group lead to the emergence of genocide. Early results indicate the model’s usefulness in revealing the underlying factors and thresholds of importance....

Keira Roberson, UNC Charlotte M.A. student (History), "LGBT Resistance under the Third Reich" (February 2020)

Indirect acts of resistance entail singular or collective efforts to avoid detection and to publicly present as heterosexual and/or cisgender. This covert form of resistance focuses on the survival of individuals under a regime which threatened their survival, physical safety, and psychological integrity. LGBT individuals engaged in self-preservationist tactics and communal efforts that indirectly challenged Third Reich national policy and operations regarding homosexuality. These methods of preservation include “passing” according to popular volkisch heteronormativity, maintaining communities, and retaining personal autonomy…. The goals of many German LGBT during this period were not to overthrow the Third Reich, but to ensure survival, self-preservation, and the maintaining of queer communities.

Michelle Stanley, UNC Charlotte Graduate student, former HGHR Studies Minor, "Beyond Erasure: Indigenous Genocide Denial and Settler Colonialism" (2019)

Abstract: I argue that Indigenous genocide denial allows for the continuation and emergence of settler colonial ideology, processes, and practices. Decolonial and sovereignty efforts that emphasize Indigenous cultural resurgence are essential to challenge the internalization and naturalization of settler colonial ideals. While external modes of colonialism include the removal of Indigenous peoples from their lands and the recasting of Native bodies and land as resources to be exploited, internal modes include biopolitical and geopolitical methods of control, such as schooling, criminalization, segregation, and minoritizing (Tuck & Yang, 2012).

Additionally, I argue that heteropatriarchal ideals have been internalized and naturalized within Indigenous communities. The presence of homophobia, transphobia, and sexism within Indigenous communities demonstrate the pervasiveness of settler colonialism. Finally, I argue that cultural resurgent decolonial and sovereignty efforts challenge the internalization of settler colonial ideals by revitalizing Indigenous cultural traditions that accept gender and sexuality diversity and emphasize the power and authority of women.

Nikolai Mather, UNC Charlotte Levine Scholar, Majoring in International Studies and Political Science, "Defining Genocide: 21st-century Genocides in Chechnya and Myanmar" (2019)

Abstract: The UN Genocide Convention is now 70 years old and more than ever is in need of revision. My paper offers a comparative analysis of genocidal violence against LGBTQ+ people in Chechnya and against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, and I argue that these cases demonstrate the need for an updated and expanded definition of "genocide."




Recent books by HGHR Center steering committee members

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

On Sept. 7, 2018, Dr. Mixon was informed that his book was chosen for the "2018 Award for Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of Archives," given by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council.

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, 2017) 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"

In his 2017 book "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.”



"Interview with UNCC prof. Emek Ergun and her co-editor on major new book"

Feminist Transation Studies: Local and Transnational Perspectives (Routledge, 2017) explores feminist approaches to translation across diverse geographical and historical locations as resistant transnational practices that challenge multiple forms of domination. In the piece, they introduce feminist translation studies, discuss the role that translation plays in the transnational and examine the relationship between feminist praxis, translation and activism. It is co-edited by Dr. Emek Ergun, member of the Steering Committee of the Center for HGHR Studies.



"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)."


Recommended websites


Excellent collection of resources, assembled by our friends at Queen University's Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice:

"Resources for Educators and Students"



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

          Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust (MIMEH) at Misericordia University

University of South Florida

List of other academic programs in Holocaust/genocide studies

Graduate programs in Human Rights studies


Human Rights websites and organizations


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 (2017)

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