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 center's administrative responsibilities. 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.

Meyer Weinshel

Educational Outreach & Special Collections Coordinator, and PhD Candidate (Germanic Studies)

Meyer Weinshel began working for CHGS in Fall 2020. He is a PhD candidate in Germanic studies with a PhD minor in History, and is completing his 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 2021, he was a visiting lecturer of Yiddish Studies at the Ohio State University.