The Center for Human Rights Leadership


Wendy Lower

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 looks forward to bringing 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

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 Leadership in September 2011. Kirsti lives in Claremont with her husband and three children.

Student Research Assistants

Bojana Bozic

Bojana Bozic '14, Research Assistant

Bojana is a sophomore at CMC dual majoring in International Relations and Religious Studies.  She was born in Bosnia & Herzegovina but currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Bojana has been involved with the Center since her freshman year, participating in the task force groups, summer internship program, and currently as a research assistant.

Henry Johnson

Henry Johnson '14, Research Assistant

Henry Johnson is a CMC Junior from Portland, Oregon. He is dual majoring in History and Government. Henry is ardently interested in the history of oppressed peoples and he is thrilled to begin contributing to the Center for Human Rights Leadership. Aside from this serious interest, Henry enjoys art shows, painting, and watching older movies.

Tyler McBrien

Tyler McBrien '14, Research Assistant

Tyler McBrien is a junior at Claremont McKenna College dual majoring in History and International Relations. He also works as a research assistant at the Center for Human Rights Leadership and serves as an editor for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Student Research Forum. Last summer he interned for the Asante Africa Foundation in Northern Tanzania, where he conducted an evaluation of the Public Debate Program.