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Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33965

Dr. Paul Bartrop
Office: 239-590-7239



About the Director


Paul R. Bartrop, PhD

Dr Paul Bartrop is an award-winning scholar of the Holocaust and genocide. He is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida. In 2011-2012 he was the Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Richard Stockton College, New Jersey.

Between 1997 and 2011 he taught, and was Head of the Department of History at Bialik College, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Concurrently, he was an Honorary Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University, Melbourne. He has previously been a Scholar-in-Residence at the Martin-Springer Institute for Teaching the Holocaust, Tolerance and Humanitarian Values at Northern Arizona University, and a Visiting Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. In Australia, he taught at the University of South Australia, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and Monash University.

His major current projects are Resisting the Holocaust: Upstanders, Partisans, and Survivors; and The Bosnian Genocide: The Essential Reference Guide. He has published a 4-volume encyclopaedia with Steven Leonard Jacobs about genocide entitled Modern Genocide: The Definitive Resource and Document Collection.

His published works include Encountering Genocide: Personal Accounts from Victims, Perpetrators, and Witnesses (2014); Genocide: The Basics (2014); An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Genocide Biography: Portraits of Evil and Good (2012), which was awarded recognition by Choice as “Outstanding Academic Title 2013;” Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide (2010), The Genocide Studies Reader (2009); A Dictionary of Genocide (2 vols) (2008); Teaching about the Holocaust: Essays by University and College Educators (2004); Bolt from the Blue: Australia, Britain and the Chanak Crisis (2002); Surviving the Camps: Unity in Adversity During the Holocaust (2000); False Havens: The British Empire and the Holocaust (1995); Australia and the Holocaust, 1933-1945 (1994); and The Dunera Affair: A Documentary Resource Book (1990).

In addition, he has published numerous scholarly articles in journals and books. He has been a member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and was for many years the Australian representative on the International Committee of the Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches. He is a past member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the international journal Genocide Studies and Prevention; is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies; a member of the Advisory Board of the Genocide Education Project, California; and senior consultant of the Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne. Dr. Bartrop is currently Vice-President of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association, and is a Past President of the Australian Association of Jewish Studies.