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About Dr Kara Critchell

My research is both interdisciplinary and transnational focusing primarily on genocide and the memorialisation of conflict. My doctoral thesis explored the role of Holocaust education in the construction and mediation of British Holocaust consciousness and the subsequent impact this has had on conceptualisations of British identity. Alongside my continuing interest into British cultural engagement with genocide I have more recently begun conducting research into the figure of the perpetrator of mass violence and political violence in contemporary society. I also have an interest in places and spaces of violence and how digital technologies can facilitate engagement with the past, particularly with regards to landscapes of atrocity.

Before joining the Department of History and Archaeology I undertook teaching and research positions at the University of Winchester, University of Portsmouth and the University of Sussex. I recently held the position of Research Fellow at the University of Leeds working on the AHRC funded Virtual Holocaust Memoryscapes Project. I am also an Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Perpetrator Research, an inter-disciplinary, peer-reviewed open access journal committed to facilitating and promoting the scholarly study of perpetrators of political violence.


I contribute to the teaching of the following modules:

  • Flesh and Blood: The Body in History (Level 4)
  • The Holocaust (Level 5)
  • Journeys in the Past (Level 5)
  • Genocide in History and Memory (Level 6)
  • Historical Sources: Genocide in History and Memory (Level 6)
  • Deathscapes: Sites of Violence, Spaces of Memory (Level 7)
  • Landscapes of Life, Death and the Spaces Between (Level 7)


My research interests lie in genocide studies, perpetrator studies, decolonisation, landscapes of violence and the commemoration and memorialisation of conflict.

Areas of MRes and MPhil/PhD Supervision

  • The history, memory and representation of genocide
  • Perpetrators of genocide, political violence and mass killings
  • Sexual violence committed during times of war and genocide
  • The Holocaust
  • Holocaust education
  • The Third Reich and Nazism
  • Memorialisation of conflict
  • Race, eugenics and immigration in Britain

Published Work

“Remembering and Forgetting: The Holocaust in 21st Century Britain”, Quest: Contemporary Issues in Contemporary Jewish History, (December 2016)

“’Proud to be British; and proud to be Jewish’: The Holocaust and British values in the twenty-first century”, Holocaust Studies, (October 2018)


BA (Southampton); MA (Southampton); PhD (Winchester).