About Me

I am Christine Beresniova, a cultural anthropologist specializing in research on the implementation of policies for the promotion of tolerance, Holocaust education, and human rights in Eastern Europe. I earned my PhD in Educational Policy Studies and Anthropology from the Wright School of Education at Indiana University and I currently design and implement international and domestic education programs at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.

Many years ago, I started this website to connect with other like-minded individuals interested in the political, cultural, and historical experiences of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania. Anthropology, to borrow the words of Henry F. Wollcott, is not just a research tool, but a way of seeing. Having spent over a decade researching post-Soviet States, I am both personally and professionally committed to scholarship that contributes to understanding the diverse perspectives of many so that educational policy implementation can more effectively promote tolerance, democracy, human rights, and pluralism. The lessons learned in Eastern Europe are applicable in many other parts of the world as well, especially countries with challenges in educational development, values promotion, and the involvement (welcome or not) of international agencies.
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Recent Publications

Holocaust Education in Lithuania: Community, Conflict, and the Making of Civil Society published by Lexington Press (a division of Rowman and Littlefield Press; 2017).

This book examines how different community relationships shape educational practices in Lithuanian Holocaust education. Based on nearly a decade of research in Lithuania and the US, this study finds that teachers participate in Holocaust education for a variety of reasons, including feeling disenfranchised from  contemporary representations of national identity, and a desire to have an immediate impact of defining more inclusive notions of democratic citizenship. 

This book won the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies 2018 Honorable Mention PrizeThe review committee said that the book “makes an original, comprehensive and significant contribution to the analysis and evaluation of Holocaust education in Lithuania, based on extensive fieldwork and building on earlier publications. The issue of Holocaust education is of central importance to Lithuania’s integration in Europe in terms of political, cultural and educational matters.”

Upcoming Presentations

  • 2019 Fulbright Conference

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