Karen Jungblut, the Institute's Director of Research and Documentation, oversees scholarship and research activities, as well as a global network of partner sites with access to the Institute’s testimonies, most notably the growing number of institutions worldwide with digital access to the entire archive of nearly 52,000 testimonies. Karen is also in charge of expanding the existing archive with video testimonies of survivors of other genocides, which will provide scholars and teachers with unprecedented research and teaching opportunities.
With the Institute since 1996, Karen has led an international and multilingual staff to successfully catalog and index the archive and has been instrumental in developing the indexing and cataloging methodology and software applications.
Karen received an MA in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin and a BA in History and International Affairs from Hunter College, New York. While studying in New York, Karen worked at the United Nations Secretariat. She has been published in the Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity, ed. Dinah L. Shelton, 2005, and in NS-Gewaltherrschaft -Beiträge zur historischen Forschung und juristischen Aufarbeitung, ed. Gottwaldt, Kampe und Klein, 2005.