JoAnn DiGeorgio-Lutz

Department Head
Department of Liberal Studies

Phone: +1 (409) 740.4463

Classroom Lab Building (CLB), Office 130


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What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

I began my undergraduate studies as a nursing major and I took an elective in international relations and knew that was my passion.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

To see the interconnectedness of everything and to always speak truth to power in the relentless pursuit of human rights for everyone...

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

Working with women in post-conflict societies who are rebuilding their lives and their communities for a more just and equitable society.

Ph.D. International Relations, University of North Texas, 1993
International Relations, Troy State University, 1987
B.A. Government and Political Science, University of Maryland, 1985
Courses Taught
International Relations
International Law and Diplomacy
Gender and Genocide
Theories of War
Maritime Foreign Policy
Ethnic Conflicts and Civil War
Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements
Democracy and Democratization
Middle East Politics
U.S. Foreign Policy
Global Terrorism

JoAnn DiGeorgio-Lutz and Donna Gosbee, eds. Women and Genocide: Gendered Experiences of Violence, Survival and Resistance. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press/Women's Studies Press, 2016.

JoAnn DiGeorgio-Lutz, "Beyond the Classroom Walls: Becoming Global Citizens Without Leaving Home," Teaching in Higher Education, 15(6): 57-62.

JoAnn DiGeorgio-Lutz, ed. Women in Higher Education: Empowering Change. Westport: Praeger, 2002.


December 12-16, 2017: “Memory, Memorials, and Gendered Representation in Guatemala: Form and Functions.” Paper accepted for presentation at the 2nd International Association of Memory Studies Annual Meeting, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, with Martha Mandujano Galvan.

July 9-13, 2017: “Nunca Mas? Gender and Genocide Memorialization in Guatemala.” Paper presented at the 13th Meeting of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS), University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, with Ella McIntire.

June 26-29, 2016: “Memoirs of Time and Space: Women’s Holocaust Lives.” Paper presented at the 5th International Network of Genocide Scholars (INOGS) Conference. Jerusalem, with Donna Gosbee.

September 17-19, 2016: “Gendered Remembrance, Collective Memory and Genocide Memorialization in Cambodia and Guatemala.” Paper presented at the Women in War Annual Conference: After Genocide: Gendered Trauma, Transmission and Reinvention. Yerevan, Armenia, with Martha Mandujano Galvan. [Link]

​September 1-3, 2015: “The Khmer Rouge and the Perpetrator Role.” Paper presented at the Encountering Perpetrators of mass Killings, Political Violence, and Genocide Conference. University of Winchester, UK.

March 1-3, 2015: “Women and the Holocaust: Survival under the Umbrella of War and Genocide.” Paper presented at the University of South Carolina’s 17th Comparative Literature Conference “Women and the Holocaust: Cultural Productions and Interpretations," with Donna Gosbee.

June 7-8, 2014: “Women in War, Women and Genocide.” Paper presented at the Place of Women in War 1914-2014 Conference, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, with Donna Gosbee.

March 24-29, 2014: “The Foreign Policy of the Khmer Rouge 1975-1978: Temporal and Spatial Determinants of Role Choice.” Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual meeting, Toronto.

Grants and Fellowships

January - August, 2008: Recipient of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship, Amman, Jordan.

December 2010 - January 2011: Recipient of the J. William Fulbright Specialist Grant, Dewey International University, Cambodia.

January 4-11, 2009: Fellowship in the Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar on the Holocaust and Other Genocides, granted by the United States Holocaust Museum and Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Professional Appointments
January 2016 - Present: Book Review Editor in the Social Sciences and Humanities, Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal.