A Message from the Director:

Elisa von Joeden Forgey, Ph. D.
Elisa von Joeden Forgey, Ph. D.

Thank you for visiting the website of the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program at Stockton University. We are the oldest master’s program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the United States and we take our mission very seriously — to educate tomorrow’s leaders in Holocaust and genocide education and prevention.

In this new century, humanity is confronted with opportunities and crises that will have an impact for centuries to come. On the heels of what was called the “Century of Genocide,” the twenty-first century is threatening to be just as violent, if not more so. In the past two decades, we have seen genocide and mass atrocity in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the Gujarat region of India, in the Darfur and Nuba regions of Sudan, in South Sudan, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Syria, in Myanmar, in Burundi, in Libya, in Mali, and in the Central African Republic. Many of these crises are still on-going and responses to them have been dispiriting.

Nevertheless, the twenty-first century also has the potential to be a “Century of Hope,” as the progress that has been made since the Holocaust leads to a greater international consensus that genocide and mass atrocity are illegitimate weapons of war and politics. Moreover,  we are rapidly developing more refined and effective tools for prevention. Crucial to fighting the crime of genocide is making sure that more and more people are educated in the history, the theory, and the psychology of genocide as well as in the research on and practice of prevention.

That’s what we try to do in our Master of Arts Program in Holocaust & Genocide Studies (MAHG) – give students a well-rounded, up-to-date, and dynamic education in Holocaust and Genocide Studies that can serve them in whatever field they choose. One thing that the history of genocide teaches us is that genocide is not inevitable. Nor are any of the events related to it. The Holocaust and other genocides emerge from decisions made by human beings who were, and are, responsible for their actions and who could have acted differently and can do so in the future. We believe that everyone has a vital role to play in ensuring that the future is free from this scourge.

As part of this mission, we have started the first university-based Genocide Prevention Certificate Program in the world, a 15-credit online course of study taught by the best minds in the field. The Certificate can be taken on its own or as a track within the master’s program. The Certificate program has allowed us to offer the option of completing the entire master’s program online.

As faculty, we emphasize excellence in scholarship, teaching, and student learning about and from the Holocaust and other genocides. We are proud of our small classes, our courses of study designed to meet student interests and needs, the diverse learning experiences we offer (which include internships, special projects, independent studies, and teaching and research opportunities), our generous fellowships and scholarships, our relationships with partner institutions all over the United States and the world, and our growing faculty. Stockton now has two tenure-track faculty positions dedicated solely to Holocaust and Genocide Studies. As teachers in a state university, we accept the responsibility to help form citizens who can think, reflect, and act responsibly in our diverse American society — and globally as well. And as teachers of Holocaust & Genocide Studies, we endorse and seek to pass on to our students Yehuda Bauer’s challenging admonition, “Never be a victim. Never be a bystander, and never, never be a perpetrator.”

I speak for all my faculty colleagues when I say that we are very pleased you are interested in our MA Program in Holocaust & Genocide Studies. We are ready to help you in any way we can.

I invite you to contact my office at (609) 626-3824 or elisa.forgey@stockton.edu for further information.


Elisa von Joeden-Forgey, Ph.D
Associate Professor in Holocaust & Genocide Studies
Director, Master of Arts in Holocaust & Genocide Studies Program