Research

The Institute’s research programs and centers are dedicated to realizing the power of testimony to deepen our understanding of the origins of genocide, the development of empathy through education, the conditions that enable people to resist mass violence and identity-based hatred.

Center for Advanced Genocide Research

Founded in 2014, 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.

Featured Lecture
Locating Women in the Revolt: Gender and Spaces of Resistance at Treblinka

In this September 2020 talk, Chad Gibbs discusses how Jewish prisoners created what he terms “spaces of resistance” at Treblinka and how studying these locations can provide revelations about the roles of women prisoners in resistance. A PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Chad Gibbs is the 2020-2021 Breslauer, Rutman, and Anderson Research Fellow at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research.

Advancing new areas of interdisciplinary research

Keep up with recent developments from the academic unit of USC Shoah Foundation.

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By the numbers
53
Academic Disciplines
41
Research and Teaching Fellows
39
Institutional Partners
48
Lectures and Screenings
Aiming for Impact
The Center, with its innovative research program and affiliated faculty of excellence, aims to establish an intellectual hub in Los Angeles for scholars from all over the world and across disciplines to advance research on genocide and mass violence.
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The Center, with its innovative research program and affiliated faculty of excellence, aims to establish an intellectual hub in Los Angeles for scholars from all over the world.