Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program

College of Arts and Humanities

409 Main Hall
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program
Dr. Friedman, Director and Graduate Coordinator

Program of Study

Holocaust and Genocide Studies offers a graduate certificate for students who complete the necessary 18 hours in the program.

Master's Program


All applicants to one of West Chester University’s graduate programs will be held to the graduate admissions requirements. When applicable, additional requirements for admission into specific department program(s) may be listed below.

All graduate students are held to the academic policies and procedures outlined in the graduate catalog. Students are encouraged to review departmental handbooks for program tips, suggested course sequences, and explanations of procedures. When applicable, additional policies for specific department programs may be listed below.


Mary P. Brewster (1993)

Chairperson, Criminal Justice

Graduate Coordinator, Criminal Justice

B.A., St. Joseph's College; M.A., Fordham University; Ph.D., Rutgers University

Jonathan Friedman (2002)

Director, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Graduate Coordinator, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

B.A., Kent State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Maryland - College Park

Brenda L. Gaydosh (2013)

Graduate Coordinator, History

B.S., Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales; M.A., West Chester University; Ph.D., American University

Paul D. Green (1971)

A.B., Temple University; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

Lisa A. Kirschenbaum (1996)

A.B., Brown University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Margarete J. Landwehr (1992)

B.S., Georgetown University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

David G. Levasseur (1997)

B.A., M.A., University of Maryland-College Park; Ph.D., University of Kansas

Jasmin Tahmaseb-McConatha (1990)

B.A., University of Utah; M.S., Jacksonville State University; Ph.D., University of Georgia

Joan Woolfrey (2000)

Chairperson, Women's and Gender Studies

B.S., North Dakota State University; M.A., The New School for Social Research; Ph.D., University of Oregon

Associate Professor

Brian F. O'neill (1998)

B.A., University of Pittsburgh; M.S.W., Marywood College; Ph.D., City University of New York

Course titles and descriptions for Holocaust and Genocide Studies are listed under the relevant departments.