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Klaas van der Sanden, Interim Director
Besides serving as interim director of CHGS, Klaas van der Sanden is a Program Director in the Institute for Global Studies with responsibilities for coordination and collaboration in the administrative hub, and for federal and international grants and fellowships.  Klaas van der Sanden has a degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Amsterdam and in a previous non-administrative life he taught in the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch.

Jennifer Hammer, Program Coordinator
Jennifer Hammer began working in the Institute for Global Studies in January, 2015. She has primary responsibilities for supporting programming in the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, as well as the Center for Austrian Studies. Jennifer completed her degree at the University of Minnesota in Anthropology and Japanese, and has done graduate work in the history of design at Parsons the New School of Design. Jennifer studied in Nagoya, Japan, and lived in Graz, Austria and New York City. Jennifer comes to us from the Department of Communication Studies and has programming and management experience at a number of non-profit organizations including JSTOR, Artstor, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Joe Eggers, Research and Outreach Coordinator
Joe Eggers is a 2016 graduate of the University of Minnesota's Master of Liberal Studies program. His thesis explored the cultural genocide of indigenous people through the boarding school system and the discrepancies between the legal definition and Lemkin’s concept of genocide through analysis of American government assimilation policies towards Native Nations. In working with CHGS, Joe will develop content for learning materials and resources for public use, and implement plans to promote the CHGS mission, programs, services, and initiatives to existing and new audiences. Joe will also assist with specialized research projects.

Alejandro Baer, Stephen C. Feinstein Chair and Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology (on sabbatical research leave in 2018-2019)
Alejandro Baer joined the University of Minnesota in 2012.  He earned his Ph.D. 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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Badzin Fellow

Brooke Chambers (2018-2019)
Brooke Chambers is a Sociology Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota. Brooke’s research interests include knowledge, violence, and reconciliation in Africa. Her research seeks to better understand generational trauma in contemporary Rwanda. She completed pre-dissertation research during summer 2017 in Kigali, where she interviewed young Rwandans about their understandings of the 1994 genocide. She is interested in the commemorative process and has conducted ethnographic work at a number of memorial sites and ceremonies. In addition to her dissertation work, Brooke is involved on projects about denial of the Armenian genocide and the Rwandan gacaca courts.

Moritz Meutzner (2017-2018)
Meutzner was born in Germany, grew up in Berlin, and first visited Minnesota through a Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute in German and European Studies (TASI) presented by CGES in 2012. He is a 5th year graduate student in the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic, and Dutch. Moritz is currently working on his dissertation project on the history of German and German-Jewish philologists exiled from Nazi Germany to Turkey during the 1930s. Examining Turkey as a place of German-Jewish exile during the country’s phase of Westernization, Moritz’s work discusses exile as a process of transnational exchange and explores the conflation of Holocaust and postcolonial memory, as it is discussed since the transcultural turn in memory studies. During his fellowship year, Moritz will conduct research abroad in Germany and Turkey and work towards his graduation in the spring of 2019.