About - CAGR

Our History

Since its founding in 2014, the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research (previously 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.

The Center was originally founded as the academic arm of the USC Shoah Foundation. In 2021, the Center became an independent research center within the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. 


Our Mission

USC Dornsife 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

Meet our Team

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.

Martha Stroud, PhD
Associate Director and Senior Research Officer

Martha Stroud manages the day-to-day operations of the Center for Advanced Genocide Research, which advances innovative interdisciplinary research

Mya Worrell
Program Assistant

Mya Worrell (they/them) supports the Center's programming, research, and outreach.

Our Affiliates

Meet our Team

Lorena Cardona Gonzaléz
Latin American Research Team (2019)

Lorena Cardona Gonzaléz is a professor in the Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences at the Universidad de Caldas (Colombia). Lorena earned her PhD in History and MA in...

Tim Cole
Holocaust Geographies Collaborative

Tim Cole earned his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Cambridge, where he focused on the spatiality of ghettoization in Budapest during the Holocaust. His research...

Chad Gibbs
2020-2021 Breslauer, Rutman, and Anderson Research Fellow

Chad Gibbs is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies in the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program and Director of the Zucker Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies at the College of...

Simone Gigliotti
Royal Holloway, University of London

Dr. Simone Gigliotti is Senior Lecturer in Holocaust Studies in the Department of History at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, and Deputy Director of its Holocaust...

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Los Angeles, CA 90089-2571