2 June 2016, MCAHS Fellows portraits

Dr. Jake Newsome is a museum educator and a scholar of German and American LGBTQ history. He is the Manager of Civic Learning for Campus Communities at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. As part of the Museum’s new Initiative on the Holocaust and Civic Responsibility, his work aims to empower college students across the nation with the knowledge, motivation, and skills necessary to apply the lessons of the Holocaust in their lives today by cultivating communities in which hate cannot flourish. 

Dr. Newsome earned his Ph.D. in History from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his research focuses on Holocaust history, gender and sexuality, and memory studies. His current book project, Pink Triangle Legacies: Coming Out in the Shadow of the Holocaust, explores how various individuals and groups in Germany and North America have debated the legacy of the Nazis’ violent campaign against homosexuality. These debates ultimately shaped contemporary understandings of sexual identity, human rights, and citizenship in modern democratic societies.

Dr. Newsome completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Valdosta State University, where he developed his love for education.  Since then, his work as a public historian has been dedicated to guiding learners through a study of history to develop an ethical sense of compassion, establish an understanding of the power and limits of human agency, and wrestle with the ideals and challenges of responsible citizenship.