Program Director Genocide Studies
Transitional justice, Gulag studies, Stalinism, legacy of Communism
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Nanci Adler graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University with a degree in German language and literature and Soviet Studies. She completed her Master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral work in Russian Studies at the Department of East European Studies of the University of Amsterdam.

Adler is Program Director of Genocide Studies at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies. She teaches in the M.A. History Program on Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Amsterdam, and supervises Ph.D. and postdoctoral research. In 2015, Adler was appointed Professor of Memory, History and Transitional Justice at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Humanities. The chair was established in partnership with the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Adler has authored and/or edited, among others, Keeping Faith with the Party: Communist Believers Return from the Gulag (Indiana University Press, 2012), The Gulag Survivor: Beyond the Soviet System (Transaction Publishers, 2002), Victims of Soviet Terror: The Story of the Memorial Movement (Praeger Publishers, 1993), Understanding the Age of Transitional Justice: Crimes, Courts, Commissions, and Chronicling (Rutgers University Press, 2018), and Tapestry of Memory (Transaction Publishers, 2013), and published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on the consequences of Stalinism. Her current research focuses on transitional justice, the Gulag, the legacy of Communism, oral history, and memory. 

Dissertation: The Great Return: The Gulag Survivor and the Soviet System (Amsterdam; 1999) 

Other professional activities:

  • Academic Advisory Board Simon Wiesenthal Institute, Vienna
  • International Advisory Board Journal for Genocide Research
  • Steering Committee Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network (Columbia University-based)
  • Advisory Board Raam op Rusland
  • Advisory Board ‘Never Again Auschwitz’ Annual Lecture and Prize
  • Board Member Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory, and Material Culture, University of Amsterdam
  • Editorial Board: Memory and Narrative
  • Editorial Board: Gulag Studies
  • 2007-2011: Member of the Archive Commission of the Council for Culture (Raad voor Cultuur) of the Netherlands Ministry of Education
  • 2007-2009: Board Member of the Uppsala Programme for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Uppsala University