John Cox directs our Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies. Before coming to UNCC in 2011, 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). A 2nd edition, to be published in 2021, will add a chapter on the Bosnian genocide of 1992-1995. 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 research projects include a major co-edited genocide-studies volume, The Routledge Handbook of Genocide Studies, and a co-edited book on genocide denial, related to the Center's April 2019 conference on that topic.
Dr. Cox is also affiliated to Africana Studies and Latin American Studies and is co-founder and inaugural president of UNCC's chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Affiliated to the Department of History until Spring 2021.
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."
August 2019 interview with Algoritam, Bosnian politics & culture website