Our History

Since its founding in 2014, the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research has concentrated its efforts on developing an innovative research agenda. While it welcomes and supports creative and interdisciplinary research that focuses on genocide in general, the Center’s own research programs focus on three distinct areas:

- Resistance to genocide and mass violence

- Violence, emotion and behavioral change

- Digital genocide studies

The Center organizes a rich academic program consisting of international fellowships and annual conferences, a lecture series and unique research opportunities such as the Interdisciplinary Research Week and the graduate student research workshop with Yad Vashem.

The Center advances interdisciplinary research by supporting the most innovative fellows, conference presenters, guest speakers, workshop and Research Week participants, as well as visiting scholars. 

Alongside its research programs and activities, the Center also encourages faculty to incorporate testimonies into their research and university teaching. The Center trains and supports faculty in conducting their own research that then feeds into their lectures and seminars. It also promotes assigning research projects to students since serious scholarly engagement and research with the testimonies provides the most valuable educational experience.


Our Mission

USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research is dedicated to:

- Advancing innovative interdisciplinary research on genocide and mass violence

- Promoting use of the Visual History Archive testimonies in academic research and teaching

- Transforming the way we understand the origins, dynamics and consequences of mass violence, as well as the conditions and dimensions of resistance.

Our Staff
Wolf Gruner, PhD
Founding Director, Center for Advanced Genocide Research

Wolf Gruner is the founding director of the Center. He developed the vision and main features of its now internationally recognized innovative academic program.

Badema Pitic, PhD
Visual History Archive Research Officer

Badema Pitic joined the Center for Advanced Genocide Research in 2017, where she is involved in the Center's outreach and academic programming dire

Martha Stroud, PhD
Associate Director and Senior Research Officer

Martha Stroud manages the day-to-day operations of the Center for Advanced Genocide Research, the academic arm of the USC Shoah Foundation, which a

Our Affiliates
Emmanuel Kahan
Latin American Research Team (2017)

Emmanuel Nicolás Kahan (Master and PhD in History & Memory Studies for the National University of La Plata), is a researcher at the National Council for Scientific and...

Anne Kelly Knowles
Holocaust Geographies Collaborative

Anne Kelly Knowles worked in book publishing for eight years before discovering historical geography and going to graduate school at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she...

Peg LeVine
Center for Advanced Genocide Research Fellow, 2014

Peg LeVine received her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (Ed.D.) from Virginia Tech university and her Ph.D. in medical anthropology from Monash University. As an...

Jared McBride
Margee and Douglas Greenberg Fellow, USC Shoah Foundation, 2014

Jared McBride earned his Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied ethnic diversity and mass violence in Nazi-occupied Volhynia, Ukraine,...

History Timeline

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