John Cox

Global Studies
Assoc Prof of Global Studies & History; Director, HGHR Studies
Macy 108C
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John Cox directs our Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies. Before coming to UNCC seven years ago, John founded and directed a genocide & human rights-studies center at Florida Gulf Coast University. Cox earned his Ph.D. in History at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2006. 

Dr. Cox has written and lectured widely on racism and genocide, human rights, and resistance to Nazism and other oppressive systems. He recently published a book on modern genocide and racism, To Kill a People: Genocide in the 20th Century (Oxford University Press, 2017).  His other publications include a book on anti-Nazi resistance, Circles of Resistance: Leftist, Jewish, and Youth Dissidence during the Third Reich (2009). Cox's current project is a comparative analysis of resistance under authoritarian regimes, focusing on Nazi Germany and its empire, Guatemala during its Cold War-era dictatorship, and Kurdistan. He is also co-editing a major genocide-studies volume, The Routledge Handbook of Genocide Studies, as well as a book on genocide denial, related to the Center's April 2019 conference on that topic.

Some of his other writings can be found on his page ( as well as on this site.

Dr. Cox is also affiliated to Africana Studies, Latin American Studies, and the Department of History.

March 2018 profile of John Cox in the UNCC's student newspaper, the Niner Times: "Creating an impact in and out of the lecture hall: Dr. John Cox goes beyond the expectations of a lecturer, making a difference in the community and impacting students' lives."

January 2019 podcast of the weekly series "NEW BOOKS IN GENOCIDE STUDIES," with Kelly McFall and Adam Jones: "Approaches to Textbooks on Genocide."