David Frey is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point. At West Point, where he won the 2010 History Department Teaching Excellence Award and was nominated for an Academy innovation award in 2014, he teaches a range of courses, Genocide, the Holocaust, Fascism, Modern German history, Modern Central European history, African history, and the History of Race, Nation, & Ethnicity.
As Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Dr. Frey has spearheaded efforts to increase awareness and understanding of the phenomenon of genocide, its history, and means of prevention at West Point, at other service academies, and throughout the Department of Defense. He has created inter-academy networks; facilitated projects, research and workshops involving academe, NGOs, museums, foundations, and the DoD; and helped develop innovative materials for teaching military audiences about mass atrocity.
With the support of Fulbright-Hays, DAAD, Mellon Foundation, Harriman Foundation, and ACLS fellowships, he earned his Ph.D. in Central European History at Columbia University in 2003., where he also taught as a Lecturer from 2003-2004. I.B. Tauris will publish his manuscript, Jews, Nazis, and the Cinema of Hungary: The Tragedy of Success, 1929-44, in 2017. His articles have appeared in numerous edited volumes, including the award-winning Cinema and the Swastika, and journals such as the Journal of Contemporary History, the Hungarian Studies Review and Nationalities Papers. He is co-author of Ordinary Soldiers: A Study in Law, Ethics and Leadership.
His research projects concern mass atrocity early warning; a joint USMA-Harvard Carr Center project on the military use of torture; and Hungarian-American relations in the immediate post-World War II era. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Hungary in 2012. His research in Hungary was supported by grants from the Department of Defense, the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, and the American-Hungarian Fulbright Commission. His West Point projects are supported by the Army Research Office and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.