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Alejandro Baer, Stephen C. Feinstein Chair and Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS), Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Alejandro Baer joined the University of Minnesota in 2012. He earned his PhD in Sociology at the Universidad Complutense Madrid and his Habilitation at the University of Bayreuth (Germany). He held faculty and visiting positions at universities in Madrid, Bayreuth, Berlin, and Munich. Baer has authored numerous books and articles addressing issues of genocide, survivor testimony, collective memory, and antisemitism, with particular focus on Germany, Spain, and the Spanish-speaking world.
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Joe Eggers, Assistant Director
Joe Eggers joined the Center in 2015 as a Graduate Assistant and as a staff member in 2018. He currently coordinates the outreach efforts for the Center, including developing connections with local communities and educators as well as overseeing the administrative responsibilities of the Center. Joe is a 2016 graduate of the University of Minnesota's Master of Liberal Studies program. His thesis explored discrepancies between the legal definition and the concept of genocide through analysis of American government assimilation policies towards Indigenous people in the United States.

Jillian LaBranche, 2020-2021 Fern & Bernard Badzin Fellow and PhD Candidate, Sociology
Jillian is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests broadly include violence, knowledge, collective memory, and education. Her research seeks to understand how societies that recently experienced large-scale political violence teach about their country’s violent legacies to the next generation. Jillian also works as a Research Assistant for Alejandro Baer on a project that seeks to understand how education is a form of reparative justice in Minnesota and Manitoba.

Michael Soto, Spring 2021 Research Assistant and PhD Candidate, Sociology
Michael is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Minnesota and fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center for Global Change (ICGC). He has an MA in Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation from the University of Sussex, an MA in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, and a BA in Development in Latin America from Harvard University. His dissertation is on the role of groups and memory in reintegration in Colombia, with a comparative component on Northern Ireland.

Meyer Weinshel, Educational Outreach Coordinator and PhD Candidate, Germanic Studies
Meyer Weinshel is a PhD candidate in Germanic Studies, completing a dissertation on translations of German poetry into Yiddish before and after the Second World War. In addition to teaching German Studies coursework at the University of Minnesota, he has also been active in Yiddish language pedagogy and revival. He helped pilot the Yiddish Book Center's new language textbook in Twin Cities, and he has also worked for the Yiddish Book Center's intensive summer language program for undergraduate students. In addition to working for CHGS, he is also a lecturer of Yiddish Studies at the Ohio State University.