Erika Doss

American Studies

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Professor of American Studies

  • Monuments and memorials
  • Public art
  • Memory studies
  • 20th-21st century American art and culture
  • American modernism

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A Korean War Wall of Remembrance Set Hundreds of Errors in Stone

Erika Doss, a professor of American studies at the University of Notre Dame who has written extensively about monuments, said that Americans increasingly see recognizing individuals as critical. “We see ourselves as a nation of individuals, so listing the names becomes unifying,” she said. But she wondered how so solemn a gesture could have gotten so flawed this time. She asked, “Didn’t they have an editor?”

How We Mourn Covid’s Victims

“People died alone in hospitals, or their loved ones could not even see them or hold their hands, so maybe some of these memorials have to do with a better send-off,” said Erika Doss, a University of Notre Dame professor who studies how Americans use memorials.