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Prof. dr. Nanci Adler


Nanci Adler is Professor of Memory, History and Transitional Justice, a chair established by the NIOD, the University of Amsterdam, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Adler teaches in the M.A. Program Holocaust and Genocide Studies (University of Amsterdam), supervises Ph.D. and postdoctoral research, and has been visiting faculty at, among others, Columbia University. Her current research focuses on transitional justice, the Gulag, the legacy of Communism, oral history, and memory. Adler currently serves on the Academic Advisory Board of the Simon Wiesenthal Institute, International Advisory Board for the Journal for Genocide Research, the Steering Committee of the Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network, and is delegate to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

Nanci Adler graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, and completed graduate and post-doctoral work in Russian Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She was Program Director of Holocaust and Genocide Studies (2013-2020), Director of Research (2014-2017), and runs the Transitional Justice Research Program at NIOD. Adler has authored and/or edited, among others, Keeping Faith with the Party: Communist Believers Return from the Gulag (Indiana University Press, 2012; ROSSPEN, 2013), The Gulag Survivor: Beyond the Soviet System (Transaction, 2002; Zven’ia, 2005; Beogradskii Krug, 2005; Contact, 2006), Victims of Soviet Terror: The Story of the Memorial Movement (Praeger, 1993), Understanding the Age of Transitional Justice: Crimes, Courts, Commissions, and Chronicling (Rutgers University Press, 2018); co-edited (with Anton Weiss-Wendt) The Future of the Soviet Past: The Politics of History in Putin’s Russia (Indiana University Press, 2021), and (with Selma Leydesdorff) Tapestry of Memory (Transaction, 2013); Adler has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on transitional justice, memory, and the consequences of Stalinism.


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