Allison Sarah Reeves Somogyi is a Fellow with the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her doctoral research analyzed the survival and resistance tactics employed by young Jewish women in Budapest under Arrow Cross rule and Nazi occupation and traced, through their diaries, how they navigated the fraught space available to them in the chaotic months of Nazi occupation and during the siege of Budapest. Her postdoctoral project builds off this research by exploring the differences in the ways Hungarian-Jewish women discussed sexual violence at the time of the Final Solution and throughout its aftermath.
Dr. Somogyi is the winner of several awards and fellowships. Her dissertation was awarded the 2020 Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award for the highest level of graduate student scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the area of Humanities & Fine Arts. During the 2018 – 2019 academic year, she received a Dissertation Completion Fellowship with the Association for Jewish Studies. She was the Alexander Grass Memorial Fellow, at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum during the 2017 – 2018 academic year. She was a Saul Kagan Fellow for Advanced Shoah Studies for the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany during both the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 periods. She also received the Two-Week Research Fellowship for PhD Students/Candidates from Abroad at Yad Vashem in 2017.
Dr. Somogyi holds a MA in History from the University of North Carolina and a BA in History from Grinnell College.