Gabriella Etmektsoglou is the Director of NYU Berlin since 2010. She holds a PhD in European history from Emory University. The principal concerns of her research and writing are the Holocaust in Greece, narratives of self-victimization in present-day Germany, and questions of reparations and transitional justice in the context of postwar Europe. Etmektsoglou is the author of Axis Exploitation of Wartime Greece, 1941–1943. She has recently co-edited the memoirs of a Holocaust Survivor, Lisa Pinhas, that appeared in three languages. Before joining NYU, she taught subjects in Modern European History, Balkan History, and Civil Wars in universities in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. She is a founding member of the US National Peace Academy and committed to reshaping higher education, especially global education, so that it becomes a central driver in creating a more humane and sustainable world. She co-teaches a course on German History at NYU Berlin and continues to participate in conflict resolution projects in Greece and Cyprus.
Teaching and Research Interests
intercultural communication and cultures of peace-building; civil wars and ethnic conflicts in 20th century Europe; World War II; the Holocaust and its legacy; post-1945 Europe; transitional justice, especially in post-1945 Europe and post-1989 Eastern Europe; the Balkans in European affairs (1908-1995)
B.A. History & Sociology, The American College of Greece, Athens, 1985 M.A. History, Emory University, 1992 Ph.D. History, Emory University, 1995