Dr. Jake Newsome is a museum educator and a scholar of German and American LGBTQ history. He is the Manager of College Student Leadership Initiatives at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., where he works with college students, faculty, and campus life professionals to teach civic engagement, ethical decision-making, and responsible citizenship through the study of the Holocaust.
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: Holocaust Memory and Modern Gay Identity, 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.