Beth Dotan
Research Assistant Professor Judaic Studies

Beth Dotan, Research Assistant Professor, joined the Harris Center for Judaic Studies in 2023. Her doctoral and present research focuses on digital Holocaust memory and education and considers how critical inquiry and methodologies can be effective in the continued relevance of Holocaust studies.

Dr. Dotan was formally the Director of the International Department at the Ghetto Fighters’ House Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Heritage Museum in the Western Galilee, Israel, and was the Founding Executive Director of the Institute for Holocaust Education (IHE) in Omaha, Nebraska, serving for 13 years. 


Dr. Dotan is Co-PI with Dr. Ari Kohen on the Digital Humanities project Nebraska Stories of Humanity - Holocaust Survivors & WWII Veterans: A Network Portal & Educational Website. This endeavor includes support from the UNL Harris Center for Judaic Studies, the UNL Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, and various stakeholders.

Publications and Conference Presentations

  • EHRI-AT conference Connected Histories. Memories and Narratives of the Holocaust in Digital Space. “The Impact of the Nebraska Collective Memory of the Holocaust via Digital Exploration.” May 2022, Vienna, Austria.
  • FDR Library virtual conference Examining American Responses to the Holocaust: Digital Possibilities. “Nebraska Stories of Humanity in a U.S. Refugee Resettlement State: A Digital Humanities Approach,” October 12-15, 2021.
  • Dotan, Beth (2021) “Triangulating Research that Focuses on Decolonizing and Race-Based Educational Theories,” The Nebraska Educator, Vol. 6 (October 2021), pp 128 - 152. Finalist for Nebraska Educator Award for Exemplary Student Work
  • “Building Nebraska Holocaust Survivor & WWII Veteran Network and Educational Portal.” #DHJewish – Jewish Studies in the Digital Age virtual conference, University of Luxembourg, January, 2021.
  • Dotan, Beth (2013), “Holocaust Cinema,” Journal of Religion & Film, Vol. 17: Iss. 1, Article 43.
  • Dotan, Beth S. and Citron, Rodger (2009). “Hitler’s Courts: Betrayal of the Rule of Law.” Curriculum guide to accompany Touro Law Center Holocaust documentary.
  • Dotan, Beth S. and Kathleen McSharry (2002). Curriculum guide to accompany the Holocaust documentary Tak for Alt: Survival of a Human Spirit.



CEHS-TEAC 331 School & Society Foundations


Ph.D., Education (Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education with a focus on Digital Holocaust Memory and Education), University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Certificates in Digital Humanities and Social Justice and Diversity Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Honorary Doctor of Education, Hebrew Union College, Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR)

M.A., Jewish Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Rhea Hirsch School of Education, HUC-JIR

B.A., History, Hebrew, with a Certificate in Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Certificate, Museum Studies, Haifa University


Research Interests and Expertise

Holocaust History and Educational Pedagogy

Holocaust Memory

Digital Humanities

Critical Methodologies in Education