Associate Professor in Holocaust and History Education

Dr Andy Pearce

Andy Pearce works across all of the Centre's CPD programmes, and is involved in the Centre's research activities. He is one of the lead authors of our national research into students' knowledge and understanding and is engaged in various academic projects. He was the Co-PI for the curriculum framework on antisemitism developed by the Centre for the OSCE/ODHIR 'Words into Action' project.

Andy has worked in the field for over a decade having taught history and politics in London secondary schools and completed his doctorate at Royal Holloway's Holocaust Research Institute. Over the years he has collaborated with various institutions and organisations, including: authoring The Wiener Library’s travelling exhibition Never Again? Thinking About the Holocaust ; helping to catalogue the Imperial War Museum's Moscati Collection; and being commissioned by the BBC to write their iWonder guide 'Remembering genocide: Are we doing it right?'

Andy's outreach work has seen him provide consultancy for the UK delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), the Prime Minister's Holocaust Commission, and appear on Sky News. He also recently participated in a panel discussion on public memory and the Second World War for the Imperial War Museum.

Andy writes on issues related to Holocaust memory, Holocaust education, memory studies, teaching and learning, and contemporary history. He is the author, editor or co-editor of five books: Holocaust Consciousness in Contemporary Britain, Remembering the Holocaust in Educational SettingsHolocaust Education 25 Years OnHolocaust Education: Contemporary Challenges and Controversies and most recently The Palgrave Handbook of Britain and the Holocaust.

Andy sits on various Advisory Boards, acts as peer reviewer for major publication presses and journals and is a Committee Member of the British Association for Holocaust Studies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (RHS).

Selected publications:

Pearce, A. & Foster, S., 'Historical justice and the Holocaust in history education' in Historical Justice and History Education, eds. Matilda Keynes, Henrik Åström Elmersjö, Daniel Lindmark & Björn Norlin (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021) (In press)

Pearce, A. 'Britishness, Brexit and the Holocaust', in The Palgrave Handbook on Britain and the Holocaust, eds. Tom Lawson & Andy Pearce (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)

Pearce, A. & Lawson, T. 'Britain and the Holocaust: An Introduction' in The Palgrave Handbook on Britain and the Holocaust, eds. Tom Lawson & Andy Pearce (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)

Pearce, A. 'Marginalisation through commemoration: Trends and practices in Holocaust education in the United Kingdom', War and Society, 39:3 (2020), 215-220.

Lanicek, J. Pearce, A., Raffaele, D., Rathbone, K., Westermann, E., 'Unusual Approaches to teaching the Holocaust', Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, XXXIII (2020), 80-117.

Pearce, A. 'The Shapes of 'Holocaust education' in the early 21st century' in Holocaust Education: Challenges and Controversies, eds. Stuart J. Foster, Andy Pearce, Alice Pettigrew (London: UCL Press, 2020)

Pearce, A., Foster, S. J., Pettigrew, A., 'Antisemitism and Holocaust education' in Holocaust Education: Challenges and Controversies, eds. Stuart J. Foster, Andy Pearce, Alice Pettigrew (London: UCL Press, 2020)

Pearce, A. 'An Emerging "Holocaust Memorial Problem"? The condition of Holocaust culture in Britain'Journal of Holocaust Research, 33:2 (2019).

Pearce, A. 'In The Thick of It: Holocaust politics in Millennial Britain', Patterns of Prejudice, 53:1 (2019).

Pearce, A. 'Holocaust Education in Australian Universities: Reflections on a Roundtable', Australian Humanities Review, 63 (November, 2018).

Pearce, A.  'Education, remembrance and the Holocaust: Towards pedagogic memory-work' in Remembering the Holocaust in Educational Settings, ed. Andy Pearce (London: Routledge, 2018).

Pearce, A.  'The Anatomy of a relationship: the Holocaust, genocide, and education in Britain' in Remembering the Holocaust in Educational Settings, ed. Andy Pearce (London: Routledge, 2018).

Pearce, A. (ed.) Remembering the Holocaust in Educational Settings (London: Routledge, 2018).

Pearce, A. & Chapman, A. (eds.) Holocaust Education 25 Years On: Challenges, Issues, Opportunities (London: Routledge, 2018).

Pearce, A. 'The Holocaust in the National Curriculum after 25 Years', Special Issue, Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History, 23:3 (2017).

Pearce, A. & Chapman, A. 'Holocaust education 25 Years On: Challenges, Issues, Opportunities', Special Issue, Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History, 23:3 (2017).

Pearce, A. 'Review: British POWs and the Holocaust: Witnessing Nazi Atrocities', Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History, Published online 2017.

Pearce, A. Holocaust Consciousness in Contemporary Britain (London & New York: Routledge, 2014).

Pearce, A. ‘Britain and the Formation of Contemporary Holocaust Consciousness: A Product of Europeanization, or Exercise in Triangulation?’ in The Transcultural Turn: Interrogating Memory Between and Beyond Borders, eds. Lucy Bond & Jessica Rapson (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2014).

Pearce, A. ‘Britain’s Holocaust Memorial Day: Inculcating “British” or “European” Holocaust Consciousness?’ in Britain and the Holocaust: Remembering and Representing War & Genocide, eds. Olaf Jensen & Caroline Sharples (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Pearce, A. and Burgess, A. ‘Reflections on the “Lessons from Auschwitz” Project: Pedagogy, Responses & Challenges’ in Les Eleves Face a la Shoah: Lieux, Histoire, Voyages, eds. Jacques et Ygal Fijalkow (Presses du Centre Universitaire Jean-François Champollion : 2012).

Pearce, A. ‘Review: The Lasting War & Philosophical Witnessing’, Journal of Contemporary History, 45:4 (2010).

Pearce, A. ‘The Development of Holocaust Consciousness in Contemporary Britain’, Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History, 14:2 (2008).

Online blogs and other articles:

Pearce, A. 'In our unstable world, Holocaust education matters', TES, 25 July 2020.

Pearce, A. 'What are the challenges in and the challenges of education?', UCL Centre for Holocaust Education, 6 July 2020.

Pearce, A. and Lenga, R. 'The story of an Englishman in Auschwitz', The Conversation, 26 January, 2017.

Pearce, A. 'Encounters and possibilities: Teaching and learning about the Holocaust', Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Holocaust and Genocide Programme Blog, 21 June 2016.

Pearce, A. 'Remembering Belsen: do we know what we are forgetting?', UCL IOE Blog, 18 April 2016.

Pearce, A. 'When the National Curriculum is not compulsory', UCL IOE Blog, 3 July 2014.

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