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Dr. Waitman Wade Beorn is a Senior Lecturer in History at Northumbria University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.  Dr. Beorn was previously the Director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, VA and the inaugural Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  His first book, Marching Into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus (Harvard University Press) Dr. Beorn is also the author of The Holocaust in Eastern Europe: At the Epicenter of the Final Solution (Bloomsbury Press, 2018) and has recently finished a book on the Janowska concentration camp outside of Lviv, Ukraine, tentatively entitled Between the Wires: The Janowska Camp and the Holocaust in Lviv.  His next research project is The Revenants: The Postwar Lives of Nazi Perpetrators.

 Dr. Beorn has published work in Holocaust and Genocide StudiesCentral European HistoryGerman Studies Review, Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and HistoryPolitics and Governance, and the Geographical Review in addition to chapters in several edited volumes.  He has been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright Foundation, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and Claims Conference fellowships. He is also active in the digital humanities.  

As a public-facing scholar, Dr. Beorn has published pieces in the Washington Post, The New Republic, and The Forward.  He has also appeared on MSNBC, CNNRichard French Live on WRNN, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and TRT. He is an active contributor to public history and engagement on Twitter as well. Dr. Beorn teaches courses in Holocaust History, Comparative Genocide, German history, Eastern European history, Antisemitism, Modern European history, Public history, and Digital history. 

Research interests

- Holocaust History

- Comparative Genocide

- Digital Humanities

- Geography and Mapping

- Public History

- Modern German History

- Extremism, White Supremacy, Antisemitism

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

History, MA, Negotiating Murder: Wehrmacht Soldiers and Participation in Atrocities, 1941-1942, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

20052007

Award Date: 9 Apr 2007

History, BSc, Shattered Oaths: German Physicians and the Euthanasia Program, United States Military Academy at West Point

19952000

Award Date: 27 May 2000

History, PhD, Descent into Darkness: Local Participation of the Wehrmacht in the Holocaust in Belarus, 1941-2, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

20072011

External positions

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

2007 → …

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