Alexander (Xan) Karn

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Alexander (Xan) Karn

Associate Professor of History; University Professor, First Year Seminars

Department/Office Information

327 Alumni Hall


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