Joshua Kavaloski, Director

Dr. Joshua Kavaloski, who earned a Ph.D. in modern German literature at the University of Virginia, is Associate Professor of German at Drew University and the Chair of the Department of German, Russian, and Chinese. His scholarship concentrates on literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and he is the author of the book, High Modernism: Aestheticism and Performativity in Literature of the 1920s. He has also published essays on authors such as Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, Jurek Becker, Philip Roth, Daniel Kehlmann, Jason Lutes, and others. His current book project explores the way that graphic novels re-imagine history and frame our understanding of the past. At Drew, Josh teaches courses both in English and in German on a wide range of topics including modern European literature, the German fairy-tale tradition, the history of the Weimar Republic, and contemporary German film. Relevant course topics include “Holocaust and Film” and “German-Jewish Culture Before, During, and After the Holocaust.” Along with Ann Saltzman, he co-directed two study-tours to Germany for Drew students to study the way that the Holocaust is represented and politicized.

Ann Saltzman, Director Emerita

Dr. Ann Saltzman, Professor Emerita of Psychology at Drew University and Director Emerita of Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study, earned her doctorate in Social-Personality Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  She has pursued various venues for bridging the disciplines of Psychology and Holocaust Studies, presenting papers on the subject at both psychology and Holocaust conferences. Her Holocaust Studies publications include book chapters, articles and book reviews in publications at the intersection of Holocaust Studies, psychology, and history.  Additional research and teaching interests include Psychology of Women and social issues psychology.  Saltzman has received a variety of awards:  a Grant-in-Aid from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues to study identity issues among the homeless; Drew’s Presidential Award for Distinguished Teaching; and both the Honey and Maurice Axelrod Public Education Recognition Award and the Sister Rose Thering Award from the New Jersey Commission for Holocaust Education for her work in educating for prejudice reduction, inter-faith understanding, and social justice.

Jacqueline Berke, Director Emerita

Jacqueline Berke, Professor Emerita of English at Drew University, is the founding Director Emerita of the Center for Holocaust Study.  At Drew, she 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 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).

Yasmin Acosta, Coordinator

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