Claire E. Aubin
Thesis title: From Treblinka to Trenton: Holocaust Perpetrators as Immigrants to the United States and United Kingdom
I am originally from the US' Pacific Northwest, where I completed a B.A. in International Studies and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Oregon in 2016, graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Immediately following this, I completed an LL.M in Human Rights Law at the University of Edinburgh. I have also undertaken studies at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in Moscow, Russia.
I am currently a doctoral student, researching the comparative individual agency of Holocaust perpetrators in the US and UK's post-war immigration processes.
B.A. Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies & International Studies (Honors with Distinction), University of Oregon, 2012-2016
- Thesis - "The Internationalization of Atrocity: John Demjanjuk and the Politics of Post-war Justice"
Cert. in Business and International Relations, Moscow State Institute for International Relations, 2015
LL.M Human Rights Law (Merit), University of Edinburgh (2016-2017)
- Dissertation - " Exceptional Realities of Rights and Race: Using International Human Rights Mechanisms to Address Police Brutality in the United States of America"
Responsibilities & affiliations
Convenor, Emotionally Demanding Histories Group
Representative, Postgraduate Paid Tutor Liason Committee
Tutor Representative, Edinburgh HCA Board of Studies
Member, Edinburgh Centre for Global History
Member, British Association for Holocaust Studies
Member, Historians of the Twentieth Century United States
Past responsibilities & affiliations:
Contributions Editor, Pubs and Publications (2019)
Steering Committee Member, Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History (2018-19)
- Global Connections since 1450 (http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk/19-20/dpt/cxhist08041.htm)
- The Historian's Toolkit (http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk/19-20/dpt/cxhist08032.htm)
- Modern US History (http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk/19-20/dpt/cxhist08038.htm)
Current research interestsHolocaust and genocide studies; Legal history; Memory studies; Immigration history; Human rights law; Eastern European and Soviet history; US-Soviet relations
Affiliated research centres
Current project grants
2019 Royal Historical Society Research Expenses Grant, for archival research at Yad Vashem and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre
Past project grants
2016 UO Undergraduate Research Opportunity Project Grant, for archival work at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The Housewife and the Holocaust: Hermine Braunsteiner Ryan in the Press -- Women's History Scotland, University of Edinburgh, 2019
'Ellis Island or Bust: A Step-By-Step Guide to US Immigration for Displaced Holocaust Perpetrators' -- British Association for Holocaust Studies, University of Roehampton, 2019
2017 University of Oregon Undergraduate Research Award
2019/2020 University of Edinburgh McMillan Award