Bio

newsome-ushmm-picI am the Manager of College Student Leadership Initiatives at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. I work with college students, faculty, and campus life professionals to teach civic engagement, ethical decision-making, and responsible citizenship through the study of the history and contemporary relevance of the Holocaust. Through a range of programs and resources, we strive to empower students with the knowledge and skills necessary to take an active role in confronting divisions that threaten human solidarity and in promoting the respect and dignity of all individuals.

I earned my Ph.D. in History from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and my research focuses on Holocaust history, gender and sexuality, and memory studies. My current book project, Pink Triangle Legacies: Holocaust Memory and Modern Gay Identity, explores how various individuals and groups in Germany and 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.

I completed 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.  Since then, my 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.

 

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