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Robert Williams

Director, Countering Antisemitism and Extremism

Dr. Robert Williams is director for Countering Antisemitism and Extremism at Human Rights First. His work focuses on building America’s capacity to understand, expose, and reverse the trend of growing antisemitism and other forms of extremism, both at home and abroad

Rob is a representative of the United States of America at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), where he chairs the committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial. He has advised the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the EU’s Agency for Fundamental Rights on Holocaust commemoration and antisemitism matters. Rob routinely works with governments across Europe on issues related to antisemitism and other extremist thought, with some of his recent work helping lead to the revision of EU data protection regulations as they pertain to records from mass atrocities. Previously, he was deputy director of the Office of International Affairs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he also served as the director of special research in the Museum's academic center.

Rob's doctorate is in German history, with research specialties that include U.S.-European foreign relations, political culture, and contemporary antisemitism. Outside of work, Rob is co-editing a volume on antisemitism for Routledge and is writing a separate study on U.S. and Soviet-run media in East and West Germany.