Joan Ringelheim is Director of Oral History at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. After receiving a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University, she taught philosophy for 13 years. During this period two major foci emerged in her teaching and research: the Holocaust and feminist theory. Together they opened up a new area of investigation--women and the Holocaust. In 1982-83 she received The American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship and a Kent Fellowship from the Center for Humanities at Wesleyan University, and a grant from The New York Council for the Humanities to produce the first conference on women and the Holocaust.
Her publications include: “The Unethical and the Unspeakable: Women and the Holocaust” in The Simon Wiesenthal Annual and “Women and the Holocaust--a Reconsideration of Research” in Signs. She was hired by the Museum in 1989 and since then has served in a number of capacities, including Research Director for the Permanent Exhibition, Director of Education, Director of Oral History.