Alejandro Baer, Stephen C. Feinstein Chair and Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
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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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.
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.
Jillian LaBranche, 2020-2021 Fern & Bernard Badzin Fellow and PhD Candidate, Sociology
Jillian is a Ph.D 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.
Meyer Weinshel, Education 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.