The Ackerman Center of Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas is home to The Curio Project and its contributors. 

Nils Roemer

Director of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies; Professor

University of Texas at Dallas

Stan and Barbara Rabin Professor in Holocaust Studies

Areas of Specialization:  My research interests are broadly in the field of modern Western European Jewish history, with a specific emphasis on German-Jewish history. I have a particularly strong interest in cultural and intellectual history addressing questions of popular culture and cultural memory. Specialties: Modern Jewish history, especially German Jewish history, Jewish historiography, literature and philosophy.

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Zsuzsanna Ozsváth

Director of the Holocaust Studies Program; Professor

University of Texas at Dallas

Leah and Paul Lewis Chair of Holocaust Studies

Areas of Specialization:  19th- and 20th-century European literature and history and Holocaust studies.  Dr. Ozsváth has published a number of articles, dealing with aesthetic and ethical issues in French, German, and Hungarian literature as well as with the relationship between art and totalitarian ideology. Since the eighties, she has undertaken several translation projects and worked on various branches of Holocaust Studies. 


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David Patterson


University of Texas at Dallas

Hillel A. Feinberg Chair of Holocaust Studies


Areas of Specialization:  Holocaust, anti-Semitism, Jewish literature, Jewish history, modern Jewish thought. Dr. Patterson is a member of the World Union of Jewish Studies and the Association for Jewish Studies, he has delivered lectures at numerous universities and community organizations throughout the world. He is a participant in the Weinstein Symposium on the Holocaust, a member of the Facing History and Ourselves International Board of Advisors, and a member of the Scholars' Platform for the Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre, Cambridge, England.  

Cricket Vauthier Roemer

Curator, Content Manager and Editor


Area of Specialization:  Digital Marketing, Brand Strategy, Social Media Strategy, Web Design, Content Creation,  Art Direction & Design.                                                                                    Productivity and Management Mentorship.                                                                                    

     HUHI 6320 Representations of the Holocaust, Spring 2016

This course explores in an interdisciplinary manner the Holocaust and its representation. We study the ways in which war crimes trials, fictional and documentary films, museums, monuments and testimonies narrate the Holocaust. We will investigate the role of memory, trauma, and post-memory. Surveying various memorial practices, the course in particular investigates material objects of Holocaust memory.



Mary Catherine Mueller

Mary-Catherine Mueller is a Ph.D. candidate in Humanities majoring in Studies in Literature and Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is currently the Mike Jacobs Fellow and also Research Assistant for the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies. Her research and writing focuses on 19th to early 21st Century European Literature; 20th Century Transcontinental Cultural Studies of America and Europe; and the Representations of the Holocaust in Society, Culture, and Literature.

Amal Shafek

Amal Shafek is a Ph.D. student at the School of Arts & Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. Shafek is a Research Assistant at the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies. Her research focuses on the history of Egyptian Jews in the second half of the 20th century. More specifically, her research documents the architectural and cultural heritage of Egyptian Jews in cosmopolitan cities such as Alexandria. Shafek is also interested in Film Studies, Feminism and Gender Studies in the Middle East.







Sarah Valente

Belofsky Fellow Sarah Valente is a PhD candidate in History of Ideas at the University of Texas at Dallas focusing on Holocaust Studies. Her research focuses on the legacy of the Holocaust and its aftermath in Brazil, and Latin American Jewish history, literature, and culture. Sarah is also interested in the history and cultural memory of Crypto-Jews in Brazil from 16th century onward and in the field of translation studies. Sarah continues to pursue her love of music as a volunteer cellist with the UT Dallas String Orchestra. 

Over the past two decades, the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas has developed an international reputation for the diversity of its academic and outreach programs that enable the center to initiate and promote broadly based study units of the Holocaust, bringing invaluable educational, intellectual, and ethical insights to UT Dallas students as well as to the larger community of the Dallas Metroplex. In this way, the center facilitates a historical and moral awareness of what happened when the Third Reich shattered the world of Europe, and created shock waves that still exert an impact on contemporary consciousness.

Its multi-faceted Holocaust Studies Program, situated in the University’s School of Arts and Humanities, is supported by visionary philanthropy that has enabled the establishment of the Burton C. Einspruch Holocaust Lecture Series and the Arnold A. Jaffe Holocaust Library Collection, and has made possible generous support for faculty research through the Leah and Paul Lewis Chair in Holocaust Studies, the Hillel A. Feinberg Chair in Holocaust Studies, and the Barbara and Stan Rabin Professorship in Holocaust Studies.