Claire E. Aubin (LLM)

Thesis title: From Treblinka to Trenton: Holocaust Perpetrators as Immigrants to the United States


Claire E. Aubin is from the US' Pacific Northwest, where she completed a dual B.A. in International Studies and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Oregon in 2016. Following this, she completed an LL.M in Human Rights Law at the University of Edinburgh. She has also undertaken studies at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in Moscow, Russia.

Claire is currently a final-year doctoral student, researching the comparative individual agency of Holocaust perpetrators in the post-war United States immigration process.

She teaches in the University of Edinburgh History Department and is a Convenor of the Emotionally Demanding Histories Group.


B.A. Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies & International Studies (cum laude, 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

Founding co-convenor, Emotionally Demanding Histories Group

Early Career Member, Royal Historical Society

Representative, Postgraduate Paid Tutor Liason Committee

Member, British Association for Holocaust Studies

Member, Historians of the Twentieth Century United States

Member, Perpetrator Studies Network


Past responsibilities & affiliations:

Contributions Editor, Pubs and Publications (2019)

Steering Committee Member, Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History (2018-19)

Tutor Representative, Edinburgh HCA Board of Studies (2019-20)

Undergraduate teaching

Current research interests

Holocaust 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

2022 Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University Sharon Abramson Research Grant

Past project grants

2020 Historians of the Twentieth Century United States Mini-Grant, for long-distance archival research
2019 Royal Historical Society Research Expenses Grant, for archival research at Yad Vashem and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre
2016 UO Undergraduate Research Opportunity Project Grant, for archival work at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Papers delivered

'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

'Across an Ocean: Using public digital genealogy repositories to track immigrant Holocaust perpetrators,' --  Examining American Responses to the Holocaust: Digital Possibilities, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, 2021

'"We see this as the Holocaust of our nation": Holocaust Instrumentalization and Narrative Appropriation in Right-Wing Social Movements,' Historians of the Twentieth Century United States, University of Edinburgh, 2022.

In the press

Featured guest, History Hack #335: Nazi Collaborators in the United States -

Featured guest, AskHistorians #188: Holocaust Perpetrators Immigrating to the US -


2020/2021 University of Edinburgh Teaching Award nominee, Tutor of the Year category

2019/2020 University of Edinburgh McMillan Award

2017 University of Oregon Undergraduate Research Award