Alexander (Xan) Karn
Associate Professor of History; University Professor, First Year Seminars
BA, UCLA, 1993; MA, Central European University, 1998; MA (1998), PhD (2006), Claremont University
- University Professor, First Year Seminars (2022-present)
- Associate Professor, Department of History, 2017-present.
- Director, Peace and Conflict Studies Program, 2018-21.
- University Professor (Interim), CORE 152, Spring 2018.
- Assistant Professor, Department of History, 2011-2017
- 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 dialogue, historical justice and reconciliation
The politics of history in contemporary societies; historical dialogue and justice in transitional regimes and established democracies; the role of historical commissions in conflict mediation and reconciliation; museums and monuments as sites of historical dialogue
- "Political Apologies for Historical Injustices," Global Studies Quarterly 2, no. 4 (2022): 1-10.
- "Museums and Memorials as Sites of Dialogue: Historical Narratives, Mass Violence, and Atrocity Prevention," chap. in Historical Dialogue and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities, Eds. Elazar Barkan, Constantin Goschler, and James Waller. Routledge, 2020.
- "Memory Work" (Colgate Research Profile, April 2020).
- "Impossible History? Holocaust Commissions as Narrators of Trauma," Yod: Revue des études hébraïques et juives 21 (2018): 1-12.
- "Trump, Holocaust Remembrance, and Alternative Facts," The Huffington Post. January 31, 2017.
- 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.