Julia Creet, B.A., History, University of Victoria, M.A. History and Philosophy of Education, University of Toronto, Ph.D., History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz.
Julia Creet is Professor of English at York University in Toronto. On the cusp of literature and history, she is a leading scholar in Memory Studies having been involved in the development of the field since the 1990s. Her research projects are broadly interdisciplinary including the history of the Holocaust, literary studies, archival studies, public history, and more recently, data privacy and direct-to-consumer genetics. She is the author of The Genealogical Sublime, a history of the longest, largest, most complete, most lucrative and most rapidly-growing genealogy databases (U Mass Press, 2020); co-editor (with Sara Horowitz and Amira Dan) of Shadows Over the City of Lights: Jewish Writing in Post-War Paris (SUNY, In press) and H.G. Adler: Life, Literature, Legacy (Northwestern UP, 2016), winner of the Jewish Thought and Culture Award from the Canadian Jewish Literary Awards; and co-editor (with Andreas Kitzmann) of Memory and Migration—multidisciplinary approaches to memory studies (U Toronto Press 2011). She is also the director and producer of MUM: A Story of Silence (38 min 2008), a documentary about a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who tried to forget and Data Mining the Deceased (56 mins 2017, HD), a documentary about the industry of family history. In 2019, Julia Creet received the inaugural York University Research Impact Award for her leadership in public engagement.