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Emerging Scholars Program

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies’ Emerging Scholars Program helps promising young scholars who are writing their dissertations or working on postdoctoral projects to publish their first books. The Mandel Center also publishes, in association with academic presses, a variety of books relating to Holocaust and genocide studies.

Supporting Young Scholars

A successful publication can determine the trajectory of a scholar’s career. But young scholars can face many obstacles, including a lack of familiarity with the publishing process and fierce competition due to economic constraints on academic presses. In the “publish or perish” world of academia, the Emerging Scholars Program is the only program—nationally or internationally—that provides the indispensable mentoring, academic, and financial support to enable young Holocaust scholars to attain their career goals. 

Shaping How the Holocaust is Understood and Taught

These early-career scholars will play critical roles at colleges and universities and help determine how the public will understand and teach the Holocaust in the coming decades. They will mentor generations of students and scholars, educating them about the ethical issues raised by the Holocaust, the dangers of antisemitism and Holocaust denial, and the questions we must ask about individual and social responsibility in a free society.

Recent Publications

Since its founding in late 2009, the Emerging Scholars Program has worked closely with more than 70 young scholars, helping them write strong publication proposals, refine sample chapters, and identify the best editors and publishers for their manuscripts. Many of these scholars have received book contracts or have proposals under consideration by highly respected academic presses.

Recent publications include:

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center’s mission is to ensure the long-term growth and vitality of Holocaust Studies. To do that, it is essential to provide opportunities for new generations of scholars. The vitality and the integrity of Holocaust Studies requires openness, independence, and free inquiry so that new ideas are generated and tested through peer review and public debate. The opinions of scholars expressed before, during the course of, or after their activities with the Mandel Center are their own and do not represent and are not endorsed by the Museum or its Mandel Center.