John Cox

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

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.

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

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.

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."

August 2019 interview with Algoritam, Bosnian politics & culture website