Wendy Lower, Director
Professor Wendy Lower is the John K. Roth Professor of History and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College. She is the author of Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, a 2013 finalist for the National Book Award. A few of her other books are The Diary of Samuel Golfard and the Holocaust in Eastern Galicia, Lanham MD: Altamira/Rowman and Littlefield and USHMM, 2011, The Shoah in Ukraine: History, Testimony, Memorialization, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008 (co-edited with Ray Brandon) and Nazi Empire-Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press and USHMM, 2005 (paperback, 2007, audio version 2010).
Professor Lower brings her energy and experience as a program administrator, government advisor, scholar, and teacher in the fields of Holocaust, genocide, and human rights history and activism to the role of Center director.
Kirsti Zitar, Program and Research Coordinator
Kirsti is a 1997 alumna of Claremont McKenna College where she graduated with a degree in Human Biology-Anthropology. Following graduation, Kirsti worked in the biotech industry in Seattle before returning to Claremont in 2000 to join the inaugural class at Keck Graduate Institute. She finished her M.B.S. degree in 2002 and joined a local start-up biotech company in Upland where she worked in business development, marketing, product development, and human relations. In 2009, Kirsti returned to her alma mater as the Program Coordinator for the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children. She transitioned to the Center for Human Rights in September 2011. Kirsti lives in Claremont with her husband and three children.
Student Program Assistants
Anoush Baghdassarian ’17
Anoush is dual-majoring in Psychology and Spanish with a Human Rights Sequence. Anoush is from Great Neck, New York, and is the author of the play, "FOUND" about the Armenian Genocide which she both directed and produced in New York, as well as the CMC Athenaeum, and at Pomona College. Anoush's desire to raise awareness about the Armenian Genocide has led to her interest in human rights. She is connected to the Center as a task force member, a 2014 summer intern, and a student assistant. In the future, Anoush hopes to pursue a career as a human rights lawyer.
Aiyanna Cameron-Lewis ’18
Aiyanna is a freshman at CMC and is originally from Corvallis, Oregon. Her major is currently undecided, but sociology, anthropology, and international relations are all of interest her. Her passion for culture and the protection and empowerment of all people drives her interest in human rights. She is eager to apply herself to promoting human rights as a research assistant at the Center for Human Rights. As well as this passion, Aiyanna also enjoys painting, hiking, and exploring the world.
Khadija Hassanali ’17
Khadija is a sophomore at CMC currently majoring in Economics. She was born and raised in Southern California and enjoys eating, photography, and going to the beach. Khadija has been involved with the Center since her freshman year, working as a research assistant and interning in Tanzania through the CHR sponsored summer internship program.
Helen Seligman ‘17
Helen is a sophomore and CMC, dual majoring in Government and Psychology. She comes from a family of immigrants and is interested in immigrant rights and voting patterns among different demographics and societies.
Nicole Southard ’17
Nicole is a sophomore at CMC dual majoring in International Relations and Spanish. Growing up her family was always very involved in various human rights and social justice organizations and has a great passion for her work. Nicole has lived in both Scotland and Spain, but currently resides in the Bay Area. Besides her academic pursuits, she also enjoys baking, running and yoga.
Sherin Zadah ’17
Sherin is a sophomore dual-majoring in International Relations and Economics. She is a Kurdish-Syrian American with a strong passion for human rights in the Middle East, specifically within the Syrian crisis. Sherin grew up attending protests for Kurdish human rights and last year co-organized a humanitarian mission to aid Syrian refugees in Amman, Jordan with the sponsorship of the Center for Human Rights.