Amy Hudnall


"I am most interested in research on perpetrators and bystanders of genocide. Most perpetrators are considered "normal" people. What dynamic allows them make a shift from normalcy to murderer back to normalcy. Do they truly go back to a normal life? Bystanders, arguably, are equally responsible for group violence. Why are we bystanders and how do we learn to have a stronger altruistic response when aware of violence? These are questions we live with on varying levels everyday in our speech and actions, if we can learn to be more mindful in our responses to one another we have the ability to become less violent."

Ms. Amy Hudnall earned her MA from Appalachian State University, specializing in genocide, peace studies and trauma. She holds dual appointments in the Department of History and Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. She is the Interim Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies. Ms. Hudnall is also the advisor for B.S. History, Multidisciplinary, and Applied or Public History majors.

She also runs the local horse rescue, Horse Helpers of the High Country. In some of her courses students use horses as facilitators in learning how to deal with conflict more effectively, as seen in the image below.

Students petting a horse


M.A. Appalachian State University

Selected Courses

HIS History of War & Peace

GLS 2350 Introduction to Peace Studies

GLS/IDS Darfur

Forgotten People: Crossing Cultural Divides (Paedogogische Hochschule, Karlsruhe Germany)

Selected Publications and Presentations

Worlds Together Worlds Apart Study Guides, Parts I and II. Norton Press. (2008). With Neva Specht.

"Genocide and Trauma" in Gilbert Reyes & Ford Elhai's (eds.) Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. (2008).

"Learning from the Immediate, Long-term, and Multi-Generational Effects of Genocide on Perpetrators." Amy Hudnall and Amanda Moore. Biannual Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars Conference. June 2013 (Siena, Italy).

"The Long Path to 'Never Again': Genocide Prevention Requires Multi-Generational Change." Biannual Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. July 2007 (Sarajevo, Bosnia).

"Learning to Manage Frustrations & Violence: Lessons Learned & a Theory of Cultural Violence" (invited presentation). 60th Congress of the Mouvement Mondial des Meres (International Movement of Mothers): Questions of Peace Initiatives. UNESCO. March 29–30, 2007 (Paris, France).


2015: Wayne D. Duncan Faculty Enrichment and Teaching Fellowship for Outstanding Teaching in General Education

2004-2005: Part-Time Teacher of the Year

2002: Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, "Outstanding Masters Thesis Award for Best Thesis in Social Science, Business & Education"


Curriculum Vitae

Title: Senior Lecturer
Department: Department of History

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6025

Office address
Anne Belk Hall 214F