John Cox

Dr. John Cox
Associate Professor, Director, HGHR Studies
Macy 108C

Dr. Cox is on leave during the Fall 2019 semester.

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-'95. 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 his monograph project, tentatively titled Revolt and Resistance in the Nazi Empire: Fighting Hitler, Fighting for a New World; a study of the relation of capitalism to genocide; 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. In his spare time John supports the FC Barcelona and FK Sarajevo football ("soccer") clubs and enjoys music, and warns his students against requesting the song "Hotel California" in class.

Some of his 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.

Two reviews of To Kill a People

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."