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Dr. Stephen D. Smith is an adjunct Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California. He served as executive director of the Institute for twelve years.
speakers bureau / Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Having been at the Institute for 24 years, Kim Simon is currently involved in developing and scaling the Institute’s impact and reach globally. She directs the development and implementation of key public engagement programs that connect USC Shoah Foundation to its many distinct audiences.
/ Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Sam Gustman has been chief technology officer (CTO) of the Shoah Foundation since 1994. Gustman is also associate dean and CTO at the USC Libraries where he oversees IT for the Libraries and started the USC Digital Repository.
/ Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Anita Pace, Director of Technology for the Shoah Foundation Institute at the University of Southern California, is responsible for overseeing the technical network design and operations of the Institute. She is also responsible for the operation, preservation and cataloging of the Institute’s 105,000 hours of video testimony, the Visual History Archive, Access and IWitness websites as well as support and planning for new collections.
/ Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Jeffrey Langham oversees the management and the strategic development of the Institute's website. Prior to the Institute, Jeffrey worked at a Los Angeles-area design firm for seven years as a web designer/programmer with experience in print design and copywriting. He received his doctorate in English literature from the University of Southern California.
/ Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Nicole Watkins serves as the Director of Donor Relations for USC Shoah Foundation’s Advancement team and is responsible for managing our donor relations program, stewarding our community of donors and producing the Annual Impact Report. Prior to joining USC 12 years ago, Nicole managed the Los Angeles region of Operation Hope’s Banking on Our Future program. Nicole received her MBA, Masters in Television, Radio and Film, and undergraduate degree in Speech Communication from Syracuse University.
/ Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Doug oversees the Institute’s relationships with ProQuest, the distributor of the Visual History Archive (VHA), and the institutions that subscribe to the VHA, and also provides technical and content support to library staff, students, and researchers. In addition, he works on a variety of other projects for the Institute’s technology group under the Visual History Archive Program including the current re-development of the Institute’s web applications, IWitness and VHA.
/ Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Mills Chang is the Senior Software Architect leading the software development of USC Shoah Foundation ITS Department. Mills received his Master in Computer Science from USC in 2002 and joined USC Shoah Foundation in May 2008.
/ Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Daryn Eller manages the Institute’s institutional media collection and participates in cataloging the Visual History Archive testimonies. She previously worked as a magazine and book writer, has an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, and a masters in library and information science from San Jose State University.
/ Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Zachary Goode fulfills most filming and editing requests that come to ITS.  He also helps oversee the digitization and quality control of new collections. He received his M.F.A in Film Production from the Chapman University.
/ Wednesday, May 15, 2013
/ Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Michael Russell is a lead web developer at USC Shoah foundation. He received a BA in French from University College London, England, and has been a software engineer in the Los Angeles area since 1983.
/ Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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Inna Gogina is the archivist of the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive. Prior to that, she has worked at USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education in a variety of capacities since 1999, including assistant production coordinator, historical content analyst, coordinator of international programs, and international digital education associate.
/ Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Francesca is the Liaison between Operations and other Shoah Foundation departments as well as visitors, scholars, and guests.   Other responsibilities include institute travel and reimbursements, scheduling, and guest relations. A native Italian speaker, Francesca worked as a translator and interpreter before joining the institute. Prior to that she worked as a fashion designer for 12 years.  She received a BA in Linguistics from USC and an AA in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
/ Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Crispin Brooks is the curator of the Institute’s Visual History Archive. He holds a M.Phil. in Russian Literature from the University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies and a diploma in translation from the Chartered Institute of Linguists. His academic publications include two works on Russian avant-garde poetry; his current research interests include the Holocaust in Ukraine and the North Caucasus.
/ Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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/ Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Andrea Szőnyi is based in Budapest (Hungary) and oversees the Institute's international educational programs including content development, professional development programs and partnerships. Andrea has a background in education, she has her MA from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and worked as a highschool teacher for several years. She is an expert member of the Education Working Group of the Hungarian delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
/ Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Sandra Aguilar oversees metadata, indexing, and institutional archiving. Prior to the Institute, Sandra worked as Director of Archives for USC School of Cinematic Arts' Warner Bros. and Moving Image Archives. Previously she worked as Media Librarian in the visual effects industry at Industrial Light & Magic. She received an M.L.I.S. from the UCLA and a B.A. in Film Studies from UC Santa Barbara.
/ Monday, October 13, 2014
Karen Kim is the senior researcher and evaluator for the USC Shoah Foundation. She was previously a faculty member at CSU Fullerton; education director for a National Science Foundation funded center at UCLA; researcher and evaluator of several large-scale, multi-institutional grant projects; and research administrator for the Directors Guild of America. Dr. Kim earned her Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles.
/ Monday, November 16, 2015
Wolf Gruner is the founding director of the Center. He developed the vision and main features of its now internationally recognized innovative academic program.
speakers bureau / Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Martha Stroud manages the day-to-day operations of the Center for Advanced Genocide Research, which advances innovative interdisciplinary research on the Holocaust and other genocides and promotes use of the Visual History Archive in research and teaching. She joined the Center in 2015 after earning her PhD in Medical Anthropology at UC Berkeley.
/ Thursday, November 19, 2015
Greg Irwin manages the content and development of IWitness, the Institute’s educational website. He has supported the Education team in various capacities since 2012.
/ Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Zovaira Rodriguez is the Procurement Specialist for the USC Shoah Foundation and has been with the institute for 3 years.  She works within our Operations Department overseeing and managing all purchasing requests along with vendor intake, setup, and requesting payments. Prior to the Institute, Zovaira received her Bachelors in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Anthropology from the California State University of Los Angeles.
/ Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Cynthia Schirmer currently oversees the finances and business operations of the Institute.  She has worked for the Shoah Foundation since March 2016.  Prior to that, Cynthia worked as the Shoah Foundation’s Business Officer (while employed at the Dornsife Business Office) from December 2013 thru December 2015.  Cynthia has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of La Verne, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Computer Science from Cal State Fullerton.  She has worked at USC since January 2006—which is also the same month and year that the Shoah Fou
/ Friday, April 1, 2016
/ Monday, July 18, 2016
Manuk Avedikyan has obtained a Master of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs from the American University of Armenia (AUA) in Yerevan, Armenia focusing on non-muslim issues and reforms in modern day Turkey. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History from California State University of Northridge (CSUN). He has worked extensively on the Armenian Genocide testimony collections in regards to cataloging, indexing, translation, and subtitling.
/ Friday, February 3, 2017
Arie Salma is a web developer and program analyst for the Shoah Foundation. He specializes in front end, back end and CMS development.
/ Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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