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Alexander Karn

Assistant Professor of History
History, 327 Alumni Hall
p 315-228-7514


BA, UCLA, 1993; MA, Central European University, 1998; MA (1998), PhD (2006), Claremont University

Teaching Experience

  • Visiting assistant professor, history/peace and conflict studies, 2007-2011
  • Lecturer, Department of History, California State University, Fullerton, 2000-2007


Modern European history (political, cultural, and intellectual); historical justice and reconciliation


The politics of history in contemporary societies; historical justice in transitional regimes; the role of historical commissions in conflict mediation and reconciliation.

Selected Publications

• Amending the Past: Europe's Holocaust Commissions and the Right to History, University of Wisconsin Press, 2015.
"Toward a Philosophy of Holocaust Education: Teaching Values Without Imposing Agendas," The History Teacher 45, no. 2 (2012): 221-40.
• Taking Wrongs Seriously: Apologies and Reconciliation (Edited with Elazar Barkan), Stanford University Press, 2006.
•  "Depolarizing the Past: The Role of Historical Commissions in Conflict Mediation and Reconciliation," Journal of International Affairs, vol. 60, no. 1 (2006): 31-50.


Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Cal State Fullerton, 2006-2007.