Ann Saltzman, Director

Ann Saltzman, Professor Emerita of Psychology and Director of Drew’s Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study, has dedicated her career to exploring the interface between psychology and Holocaust Studies.  Author of numerous presentations made at  both Psychology and Holocaust Studies conferences and in community forums, her Holocaust Studies publications include:  a co-authored chapter in New Perspectives on the Holocaust:  A Guide for Teachers and Scholars; an invited chapter in Obedience to Authority: Current Perspectives on the Milgram Paradigm; “’Obedience to Authority’ in Understanding Genocide (in Clio’s Psyche) and a review of Approaching an Auschwitz Survivor (in the journal Biography).  She has been teaching Holocaust courses since 1990 and serves as the faculty coordinator for the Minor in Holocaust Studies.  Her other research and teaching interests include History of Psychology, Psychology of Women, and social issues psychology.

Joshua Kavaloski, Assistant Director

Joshua Kavaloski is Associate Professor of German and Director of German Studies at Drew University.  His scholarship and teaching encompasses narrative prose and film of the twentieth century, and he has published essays on Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Jurek Becker, and Daniel Kehlmann.  His is currently finishing a book that investigates the ways that modernist literary aesthetics of the early twentieth century can be performative or active beyond the boundaries of the text.

Yasmin Acosta, Coordinator

Yasmin Acosta is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Psychology.  She has had a lifelong interest in Judaica and Holocaust studies.  She wholeheartedly supports the Center’s Mission to commemorate those who perished in the Holocaust, celebrate those who survived and educate upcoming generations to “remember for the future”.   In her spare time, she writes poetry, enjoys reading, theater, music, film, art, photography  and travel and is currently pursuing her Master’s  degree at Drew University.

Jacqueline Berke, Director Emerita

Jacqueline Berke, Professor of English Emerita and Co-Director of the Center for Holocaust Study, has taught literature and writing in both the College of Liberal Arts and the Graduate School at Drew and served as Director of the Writing Program from 1965 to 1985. She is the author of a rhetoric text Berke’s Twenty Questions for the Writer (Harcourt Brace, 6th edition, 1996), widely used in freshman composition classes throughout the country. She has also served as research director, consultant, and coordinator of a series of writing-related research projects such as the federally funded “Project English” (1965) and a computer centered composition “experiment” sponsored by the N.J. Department of Higher Education (1985).