Areas of Expertise
- The Vatican and the Holocaust
- The German Catholic Church during the Nazi and postwar periods
- The records of the International Tracing Service (Arolsen Archives)
Dr. Brown-Fleming joined the Museum in 2001 and oversees its International Academic Programs, which ensure that the field of Holocaust studies remains vital and vibrant around the world.
Her work has been featured in the Catholic News Service, Catholic News Agency, and The Catholic Virginian. She has appeared on CNN, EWTN Global Catholic Television Network, and in several documentaries, including Holy Silence (2020). Dr. Brown-Fleming is a 2021–22 Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Contemporary History’s Center for Holocaust Studies in Munich and Berlin.
Her current research project, Il Papa Tedesco (The German Pope): Eugenio Pacelli and Germany, 1917–1958, is a study of Pope Pius XII’s relationship to Germany and its bishops, leaders, and people during the Weimar era, the Third Reich, and the Holocaust. Another current project, “Opa War Ein Nazi (Grandpa Was a Nazi): Eduard Geist and the Crimes of the Third Reich,” is Dr. Brown-Fleming’s first attempt to research and write as both a decades-long scholar of the Holocaust and the granddaughter of a devout and locally prominent Nazi.
- PhD, modern German history, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 2002
- MA, American diplomatic history, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, 1993
- BA, history and English, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia, 1991
- Reading ability in Italian
Select Recorded Presentations and Interviews
- “Scavengers of Holocaust History: the Truth Is of Many Hues,” interview for November 2021 La Stampa article
- “‘Our Mothers, Our Fathers’: One German Town in the Records of the ITS,” keynote address at a 2014 conference on “The International Tracing Service Collections and Holocaust Scholarship”
- Holy Silence, 2019 documentary film aired on PBS