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)

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

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

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

2017 University of Oregon Undergraduate Research Award

2019/2020 University of Edinburgh McMillan Award