Bio

newsome-ushmm-picI am the Campus Outreach Program Officer for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. I am responsible for developing an enhanced, strategic outreach program that takes the lessons of the Holocaust beyond the Museum’s walls and inspires new generations of scholars and leaders to engage with the history and contemporary relevance of the Holocaust. I coordinate with the Museum’s Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education to develop a variety of programs that promote the Museum’s two-fold mission of honoring the memory of Holocaust victims, and inspiring citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.

I completed my Ph.D. in History at the State University of New York at Buffalo in May 2016. As a researcher, I am interested in the social and legal repercussions of the Holocaust in postwar Europe and North America. In my dissertation, “Homosexuals after the Holocaust: Sexual Citizenship and the Politics of Memory in Germany and the United States, 1945-2008,” I explored how various actors in the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States of America transformed collective memories of the Nazis’ persecution of homosexuals into transnational discourses that shaped modern conceptions of sexuality, citizenship, human rights, and civil liberties

In 2009, I graduated summa cum laude with my Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Valdosta State University.  While there I benefited greatly from a liberal arts education and earned minors in international studies, German language, and took extensive coursework in cultural anthropology.  My time at Valdosta State is also where I developed my love for education.  My work is dedicated to nurturing a true appreciation of cultural diversity in a global age, guiding learners in developing an ethical sense of compassion, and wrestling with the ideals and challenges of responsible citizenship in a democratic society.

In my coffee-fueled free time, I like to reminisce about the days when reading fiction and non-academic books like Harry Potter was not a source of guilt associated with unproductivity.