Professor of Modern History and Director of the Holocaust Research Institute
Royal Holloway, University of London
Specialist Research Areas: The Holocaust, Genocide Studies, Race, Fascist Ideology, Eugenics
Professor Dan Stone is a specialist in the history and historiography of the Holocaust and of modern European history in general, with a focus on issues of fascism and memory. He obtained his MA and DPhil at the University of Oxford, where he was also a Junior Research Fellow, and has taught at Royal Holloway, University of London since 1999. He was one of the co-founders of the Holocaust Research Centre at RHUL and, since 2016, has been Director of the renamed Holocaust Research Institute, the leading interdisciplinary centre for the study of the Holocaust in the UK. He has been co-editor of the Journal of Genocide Research and of Patterns of Prejudice and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Holocaust Research; Critical Philosophy of Race; Hypothesis; and History of Communism in Europe.
Prof. Stone’s work has led to considerable public engagement. He is a member of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s Experts Reference Group; he chairs the academic advisory board for the redesign of the Imperial War Museum’s Holocaust Galleries; he has co-curated two exhibitions (“Fate Unknown” and “Death Marches”) at the Wiener Holocaust Library, an institution with which he regularly works; he speaks regularly at public events ranging from Jewish Book Week to Holocaust Memorial Day events; and he has been interviewed for several TV documentaries. He sits on a number of international advisory boards, including the UK Oversight Committee for the Arolsen Archives (formerly the International Tracing Service) in Bad Arolsen, Germany. He has written blogs for OUP Blog, Yale Blog, History News Network, Page 99 Test, Migration Museum and refugeehistory.org.
Prof. Stone is the author or editor of eighteen books and more than eighty scholarly articles. His books include: Breeding Superman: Nietzsche, Race and Eugenics in Edwardian and Interwar Britain (Liverpool University Press, 2002); Responses to Nazism in Britain 1933-1939: Before War and Holocaust (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003); Histories of the Holocaust (Oxford University Press, 2010); Goodbye to All That? The Story of Europe since 1945 (Oxford University Press, 2014); The Liberation of the Camps: The End of the Holocaust and its Aftermath (Yale University Press, 2015); Concentration Camps: A Short History (Oxford University Press, 2016); and Fascism, Nazism and the Holocaust: Challenging Histories (Routledge, 2021). Among his edited volumes are The Historiography of the Holocaust (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004); The Historiography of Genocide (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008); The Oxford Handbook of Postwar European History (Oxford University Press, 2012); The Holocaust and Historical Methodology(Berghahn Books, 2012); and several special issues of Patterns of Prejudice and the Journal of Genocide Research. He has published articles in many leading journals, including: Journal of Contemporary History, Journal of Modern History; European History Quarterly; Contemporary European History; History of European Ideas; History & Memory; East European Politics and Societies; German History; Jewish Social Studies; History and Anthropology; Holocaust and Genocide Studies. From 2016-2019 he held a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship, for a project on the International Tracing Service, the recently-opened archive of material relating to Nazi crimes and their aftermath. The resulting monograph, Fate Unknown: The Search for the Missing after the Holocaust and World War II, will be published by OUP, and he is currently completing a book on the Holocaust for Penguin’s Pelican series.
Specialist research areas:
History and historiography of the Holocaust; genocide studies; concentration camps; history of the idea of “race”; history of anthropology; eugenics; fascist ideology; theory of history; the past in contemporary culture
Available for consultation in the following areas:
Third sector/charity engagement; media interviews; editorials
Latest posts authored by Professor Dan Stone
- Paranoia and the Perils of Misreading January 13, 2022
- Free Speech – What’s not to like? September 22, 2021
- Anti-Vaxxers’ Trivialization Of The Holocaust Is Antisemitic August 10, 2021
- In Germany, Coming To Terms With Its Past Is An Ongoing Struggle April 30, 2021
- Prosecuting Historians – Last Refuge of the Illiberals? February 9, 2021
- Britain’s Refugee Policy Is a Fantasy of Fear October 19, 2020
- Black people are tired of explaining racism, but why are white people still not speaking out? July 14, 2020
- COVID-19 Could Be A Harbinger Of Authoritarianism May 30, 2020
- The legacy of Wannsee on today’s radical right February 4, 2020
- Why We Should Take Dresden, Germany’s “Nazi State Of Emergency” Seriously November 26, 2019