St. Lawrence University
Fellowship Description: 

One of the central topics of my course on genocide is the consideration of how genocides and other large-scale mass killings occur, including the question of the role of planning by political leaders versus on-the-ground factors that drive events, and the related question of why perpetrators participate in genocides and why victims react as they do. Related is the connection between genocide and war.

Bio

I am a native of Santa Cruz, California, a community in which hippies, yuppies, surfers, pagans, college students, Mexican immigrants, and blue-collar workers mix in surprising ways. Foreshadowing my current position, I headed to the Northeast for college, earning a B.A. in History (with a concentration in feminist and gender studies) from Haverford College. After living briefly in Germany and later Italy, I returned to California for graduate school, receiving my M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, where I studied modern European history, with minor fields in world history and cross-cultural women’s history. Though I miss the magnificent Pacific Ocean, I love living in New York and experiencing the changing seasons.

I teach various courses in European history, the Holocaust and genocide, as well as special topics courses on modern Germany, modern Italy, World War I, and Weimar & Nazi Germany. I am also coordinator of SLU’sEuropean Studies program.

I am the author of Assassins & Conspirators: Anarchism, Socialism, and Political Culture in Imperial Germany(Northern Illinois University Press, 2014).

Position: 
Associate Professor and Department Chair, History
Coordinator of European Studies
Elun Gabriel