Dr. Jennifer rich
Jennifer Rich is the Director of the Rowan Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Rowan University in New Jersey.
Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Hechinger Report, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Salon.com, The Chicago Tribune, The Conversation, and Holocaust Studies. Her forthcoming book, Keepers of Memory: The Holocaust and Transgenerational Identity, will be published with Lexington Books (an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield) in 2019. Her second book, Stigma, is a cultural and political critique that focuses on some of America’s most pressing contemporary problems. She is at work on her third book, examining the radicalization of American college students.
Jennifer spoke at The 2018 Atlantic Summit on Education about violence in schools, and is a frequent invited lecturer at a range of universities across the United States. She has been a guest on NPR’s The Takeaway, Sirius XM’s Constant Wonder , and the Class Dismissed Podcast. She shares her research at national and international conferences, and was a participant in the Inaugural Summit for Higher Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Her teaching experiences at Rowan focus on social justice and democratic education, Holocaust and Genocide education and memory, and various Sociology courses. Her scholarship focuses on best practices in the teaching of hard histories, the memory of the Holocaust and other genocides in culture, education, and by the children and grandchildren of survivors of genocides, and trauma and healing.
Keepers of Memory
Through personal stories and in-depth interviews, Jennifer Rich examines the complicated relationship between history, truth, and memory.
How do descendants of Holocaust survivors remember the event that preceded their birth and how has it ultimately shaped their lives…
Stateless grapples with Holocaust history, memory, and the large gulfs that are often found between the two. Through the use of oral histories, survivor testimony, war and post-war documents, and extensive primary and secondary research, this book examines the way Holocaust memory shows itself through subsequent generations.
Warsaw Ghetto Digital Humanities Project
Leading a team of historians, social scientists, educators, engineers, and artists, we are working to develop the Warsaw Ghetto in virtual reality. Once complete, it will work as a teaching tool for teachers and museums internationally, allowing students to view the Warsaw Ghetto, engage with primary source photos and documents, and conduct object studies. This project fills a vital gap in Holocaust education, and allows students to learn about the past, and also consider how to document injustice when they see it today.
Schools and Society