Sarah K Danielsson, Ph.D.

Sarah K. Danielsson


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Sarah K. Danielsson is Professor of History. She received her BA in History and Philosophy from City College (2000) and her PhD in History from the University of Minnesota (2005). She also teaches at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Sarah Danielsson is also the Executive Director for the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences.

Her research and teaching interests include, modern European intellectual history, history of nationalism and nation-states, history of genocide and human rights, history of geography/historical geography, modern central European history, trans-national history, history of ideas.

She is an Associate Editor of Journal of Genocide Research, an international peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor and Francis, Oxford. She is also a member of the International Advisory Board of Global Humanities, an international peer-reviewed journal, and a series editor of War (Hi)stories at Ferdinand Schöningh (Brill).

Professor Danielsson helped bring a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant to the Queensborough Holocaust Center ($500,000 grant), and during the 2012-2013 Academic Year she directed the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funded seminar series, entitled "Genocide, Justice and Human Rights." ($50,000 grant). She is also a recipeint of numerous PSC-CUNY research grants (ranging between $3500-$6000) and a DAAD grant.

Professor Danielsson is a member of the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS), German Studies Association (GSA), American Historical Association (AHA), Society for French Historical Studies (SFHS). She is also a co-chair of the Columbia University Faculty Seminar on Law and Politics, and a member of the New York Area Seminar in Intellectual and Cultural History.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses Taught: Modern European History;Modern Western Civilizations; History of the Holocaust; History of Genocide in the Twentieth Century; Fascism, Nazism Communism; Europe and the World Since 1945; Nationalism and Identity Politics.

Graduate Courses Taught: Transformations of Modernity; Readings in Fascism; Enlightenment and Critique

Select Recent Publications:


War and Sexual Violence: New Perspectives (Shöningh, 2019 [Brill])

Intellectual Antisemitism, (Königshausen & Neumann: Würtzburg, 2018)

War and Geography: The Spatiality of Mass Violence , ed. with Frank Jacob (Shöningh, 2016 [Brill])

The Explorer's Roadmap to National-Socialism: Sven Hedin, Geography and the Path to Genocide (Routledge, 2016) 

The Explorer's Roadmap to National-Socialism: Sven Hedin, Geography and the Path to Genocide (Ashgate, 2012) *A Baker and Taylor Academic Essentials Title In Genocide Studies*


"Pan-Nationalism Reframed: Nationalism, 'Diaspora,' the role of the 'Nation-State' and the Global Age," Nationalism and Globalisation (Routledge, 2011)


"Creating Genocidal Space: Geographers and the Discourse of Annihilation, 1880-1933," Space and Polity, (Routledge, 2009)

"War and Sexual Violence" book cover 

Intellectual Anti-Semitism by Danielsson and Jacob

War and Geography by Danielsson and Jacob

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Campus Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.