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Monika Rice, Ph.D. is the Director of Holocaust and Genocide Studies Programs and Assistant Professor in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Programs (M.A. and Ph.D.). A native of Poland, she holds an M.A. and B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, and a Ph.D. in Judaic Studies from Brandeis University.
Dr. Rice has taught many courses on the Holocaust, Jewish-Christian relations, and women’s spirituality. Her first book, “What! Still Alive?! Jewish Survivors in Poland and Israel Remember Homecoming” ( Syracuse University Press 2017) was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. The book chronicles the evolution of Holocaust survivors’ memories of their first encounters with Polish neighbors after the war, recorded in immediate postwar testimonies, as compared to similar accounts collected years later in Israel. Currently, her larger research project is focused on investigating postwar mixed identities of Polish-Jewish doctors. She has been a recipient of several prestigious fellowships and grants, among them: the Claims Conference Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies, Albert Abramson Fellowship in Holocaust Studies, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the Kosciuszko Foundation, and others. She has also been a selected participant in several international scholarly workshops and seminars at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem, Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, and others. Dr. Rice’s articles, book chapters, and reviews have been published in edited volumes and academic journals (Yad Vashem Studies, Holocaust Studies, Polin, etc.).