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Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand

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Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand
Director, Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust
  • Areas of Expertise

    • The German Protestant Church and Christian minority groups in Nazi Germany
    • Christian antisemitism and Christian ethnonationalism 
    • Religion, rescue, and hiding during the Holocaust
  • Contact Information

Dr. Carter-Chand joined the Museum in 2018 as a program officer and in 2019 started serving as the acting director of the Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust (PERH), becoming the director in 2020. PERH fosters scholarship, teaching, and reflection on the role of religion during the Holocaust and the ways in which religious communities have addressed these legacies since 1945. In this role, she serves as the staff director of the Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust.  

Dr. Carter-Chand’s research focuses on Christian minority groups in Nazi Germany, including the Salvation Army, Quakers, Seventh-Day Adventists, and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Her most recent project, a coedited volume with Kevin P. Spicer, Religion, Ethnonationalism, and Antisemitism in the Era of the Two World Wars, is forthcoming with McGill-Queen’s University Press. 

Before coming to the Museum, Dr. Carter-Chand was a visiting assistant professor at Clark University’s Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Worcester, Massachusetts, and a lecturer at Lakehead University, Orillia, in Canada. She was a Claims Conference Saul Kagan Fellow in 2009–11 and a Cummings Foundation Fellow at the Museum in 2012–13. She currently serves on the editorial teams of Contemporary Church History Quarterly and Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte.

Education

  • PhD, history and Jewish studies, University of Toronto, Canada, 2016
  • MA, history, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 2002
  • BA Honours, history, Crandall University, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, 2001

Languages

  • English
  • German
  • French (reading)

Select Publications

  • Religion, Ethnonationalism, and Antisemitism in the Era of the Two World Wars, coedited with Kevin P. Spicer, CSC, McGill-Queen’s University Press (forthcoming 2021) 
  • “A Relationship of Pragmatism and Conviction: The International Salvation Army and the German Heilsarmee in the Nazi Era,” Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte/Contemporary Church History, vol. 32 (forthcoming in 2021) 
  • We Remember,” Peer Magazine (2020) 
  • The Politics of Being Apolitical: The Salvation Army and the Nazi Revolution,” Word & Deed: A Journal of Salvation Army Theology and Ministry, vol. 18 (2016)

Select Presentations and Interviews

  • “Tangible Tools and Resources—How to Teach Religious Tolerance, Social Cohesion, Respect, and Resilience from an Objective, Neutral Perspective,” September 2020 Meeting on Education, Resilience, Respect, and Inclusion, US Department of State
  • Courageous Acts Inspired by Faith,” April 2020 Facebook Live program
  • “The Longest Hatred and the Christian Tradition: Making Sense of Antisemitism in the 21st Century,” November 2019 lecture at Briercrest College and Seminary
  • “ ‘The similarities are all too striking’: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Compelled Speech in Germany and the United States, 1933–1945,” March 2019 lecture at Université de Montréal
  • What Did Faith Communities Stand For? Doctrine and Deed in Nazi Europe,” 2017 public program