Debra Pfister

Research Assistant Professor - Holocaust Studies
Lecturer I
Tags: Holocaust Studies HIST

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Arts and Humanities, Studies in Literature
The University of Texas at Dallas - 2009
M.A. - Studies in Literature
The University of Texas at Dallas - 2001
B.A. - Literary Studies
The University of Texas at Dallas - 1978

Research Areas

Research Interests:
Eighteenth century political theory; nineteenth/twentieth century philosophy and literature; American and European political development; the history of anti Semitism and the Holocaust; Jewish art history; representation of the Holocaust in art, film, and literature; modern Jewish history; European Modernism; and the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. 

Additional Information

Achievements in Original Achievement, Investigation, and Research
  • "Lost Dreams and Sacred Visions in the Art of Ámos," Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies, (Purdue University Press, 2011).
  • “Seeds of Hate: Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust,” Talk, Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, June 10, 2010. 
  • “The Holocaust in Film,” (work in progress). 
  • The Legacy of Denial: Memory and Loss of Imre Ámos, (work in progress) 


  •  Organizer and advisor to the UT Dallas Jewish Student Organization, 2010 – present. 
  • Board Member of the Jewish Education Committee for the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, 2009 – present. 
  • UT Dallas Communications Committee, 2007 – present. 
  • Co-authored (with Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsvath) the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies Certificate and accompanying curriculum, August, 2006. 
  • Board Member UT Dallas Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, 1997- present.