Maiken Umbach is Professor of Modern History at the University of Nottingham. Her research is about exploring the opportunities and pitfalls of using photography to understand, commemorate and teach about the Holocaust and the Nazi regime. In her latest book, “Photography, Migration, and Identity: A Jewish-German-American Story” (2018), she makes the case for putting the photographs of those persecuted by the Nazi regime at the heart of this history. Maiken currently leads a large, AHRC-funded research project called “Photography as Political Practice in National Socialism”, which explores the photographic practice of perpetrators, by-standers, German Jews and other ethnic groups to cast new light both on perpetrator motivation and the experience of those at the receiving end of persecution. The Holocaust Centre and Museum are project partners in this work. Alongside historians and curators, the project team also includes scholars from Education and Computer Science, who explore how photos can be better used in pedagogic practice, and who develop new immersive technologies to problematize the way modern audiences engage with photography. Maiken also works with colleagues in a range of other museums, both in the UK and internationally, and with contemporary artists. She is currently developing a new project, which aims to understand the relationship between the visual legacies of the Holocaust in relation to contemporary photography of victims of persecution, civil wars, and humanitarian disasters.