Terrorism and Genocide
Michael Dobkowski is passionate about his fields of interest. He lives this passion both in the classroom, where he challenges students to integrate the meaning and implications of important events in history into their consciousness and conscience, and outside of the classroom, where he is active in community service.
He says, "I try to bring analysis, tempered by humor and irony, to these significant subjects. I tell students that despite violence and apathy, we have to maintain faith in people and in our ability to solve problems. Despair is not helpful. The solution lies in analysis, in hard thinking and questioning, and in purposeful and informed action."
A prolific writer, he has written "The Tarnished Dream: The Basis of American Anti-Semitism," "The Politics of Indifference: Documentary History of Holocaust Victims in America," "Jewish American Voluntary Organizations" and, in 2006, he co-authored "Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear States & Terrorism." He has co-written other volumes on the Holocaust and genocide, and also co-wrote The Nuclear Predicament: Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century. His book On the Edge of Scarcity (co-written with Isador Wallimann) was released in 2001. He is currently writing a Holocaust-era novel.
Three of the publications he wrote with Isidor Walliman were recently translated and published in other countries. "The Coming Age of Scarcity" (Syracuse University Press, 1998) was translated into German and published in 2004 as "Das Zeitalter Der Knappheit" by Verlag Paul Haupt. "Genocide and the Modern Age" (Syracuse University Press, 2000) was translated into Korean and published in South Korea with a new preface by the authors. "Radical Perspectives on the Rise of Fascism in Germany, 1919-1945," (Monthly Review Press, 1989) was published in India by Cornerstone Publications, 2003, with a new preface by the authors.
A Family Among Families
Jewish Home Foundation, 1998
The Politics of Indifference: A Documentary History of Holocaust Victims in America
University Press of America, 1982
The Tarnished Dream: The Basis of American Anti-Semitism
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1979
Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear States and Terrorism
Sloane Publishing, 2006
The Nuclear Predicament: An Introduction
Prentice Hall Press, 1989
The Nuclear Predicament: Nuclear Weapons in the Cold War and Beyond
Prentice Hall Press, 1991
Jewish American Voluntary Organizations (also principal author)
Greenwood Press, 1986
Genocide and the Modern Age: Etiology and Case Studies of Mass Death
Greenwood Press, 1981
Genocide in Our Time: An Annotated Bibliography with Analytical Introductions
Pierian Press, 1992
On the Edge of Scarcity: Environment, Resources, Population, Sustainability, and Conflict
Syracuse University Press, 2002
Radical Perspectives on the Rise of Facism in Germany, 1919 to 1945
Monthly Review Press, 1988
Research in Inequality and Social Conflict, 1992: A Research Annual
JAI Press, 1992
Research in Social Movements Conflicts and Change
JAI Press, 1978
The Alinsky Legacy: Alive and Kicking
JAI Press, 1987
The Coming Age of Scarcity: Preventing Mass Death and Genocide in the 21st Century
Syracuse University Press, 1998
Towards the Holocaust: The Social and Economic Collapse of the Weimar Republic
Greenwood Press, 1983
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Michael Dobkowski is a professor of religious studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. (with distinction) from New York University.
In 1996, 1998, 2004 and 2006 he participated in the Goldner Holocaust Symposium at Wroxton College in England, and in 1979 he was a Fellow at the Institute for the Teaching of the Post-Biblical Foundations of Western Civilization at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He received the New York University Ferdinand Czernin Prize in History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Dobkowski was a key organizer of the Hobart and William Smith Genocide Series, which continues to bring such notable speakers as Elie Wiesel, Cornel West, Peter Balakian, and Henry Greenspan to campus. As the organizer he offers insight about genocide.