Division: Graduate Studies, Undergraduate Studies
Program: Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Anna Scanlon received her BA in French from Chapman University (with a semester spent at Universite de Grenoble-Stendhal III), an MA in Educational Theatre from New York University, an MA in History (Holocaust specific with a thesis on cinema and its affect on cultural memory in France) at the University of Amsterdam (where she was an Amsterdam Merit Scholar) and is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Leicester (expected graduation date of September 2015). Her dissertation focuses on the portrayal of Anne Frank in theater in the United States and United Kingdom and how it has shaped the current cultural memory of Anne in these two countries. Anna has lectured on the Holocaust in cultural memory in Siena, Italy at the International Association of Genocide Scholars and was recently selected as one of 12 scholars to attend the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure summer intensive at the Memorial de la Shoah in Paris for the summer of 2013.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Anna currently resides in Milton Keynes in the United Kingdom where she works as the Chief Researcher for Voices of the Holocaust, a theatre in education company focusing on devising, creating and implementing Holocaust narratives in schools around the United Kingdom. She has previously worked with the Roundabout Theatre Company (a non-profit Broadway house) in their education department, The Actors Company Theatre in New York City (creating curriculum packets for Arthur Miller's "The Incident at Vichy") and New York University (creating and implementing curriculum around Diane Samuel's "Kindertransport" to local schools). Additionally, Anna has consulted with many teachers in order to help them create curriculum around "The Diary of Anne Frank."
Anna has also spent time volunteering for Connect2NY, an organization which provides visits and services to homebound Holocaust survivors in New York City and has taught English as a Second Language in Budapest, Hungary. She currently serves on the Board for CHOIR Stars, an organization to help bring the arts to chronically ill teenagers.
Although Anna's research interests are mainly Anne Frank and theatre of the Holocaust, she has also researched and is interested in a variety of aspects of the Holocaust including: the Roma/Sinti Holocaust narrative, France and the Holocaust, cinema of the Holocaust, sexual violence during the Holocaust and the female narrative (both victim and perpetrator).