Dr. Michelbacher, who joined the Museum in 2019, contributes to multiple projects advancing Holocaust scholarship at the Mandel Center. He writes, translates, edits, and indexes entries for volumes IV (Wehrmacht camps) and V (SS and Police Detention Sites) of the Museum’s Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933–1945.
He is an expert on the Holocaust in Romania, and his current research focuses on war crimes trials in Romania after World War II.
Dr. Michelbacher is a Society for Romanian Studies liaison to the Southeastern European Studies Association.
He was a Claims Conference Saul Kagan Fellow in Advanced Shoah Studies in 2014–2016 and a graduate teaching assistant for two years in US History, Western Civilization, and World History.
- PhD, modern European history, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, 2016
- MA, history, Central Michigan University and Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Thuringia, Germany, 2015
- BA, history, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, 2011
- Jewish Forced Labor in Romania, 1940-1944 (2020)
- “The Deportation of Ethnic Minorities to the USSR and the Romanian National Idea,” History of Communism in Europe. vol. 3 (2012)
- “Anti-Semitism and Economic Regeneration: The Ustasha Regime and the Nationalization of Jewish Property and Business in Sarajevo,” in The Utopia of Terror: Life and Death in Wartime Croatia, edited by Rory Yeomans (2015)