I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. My research interests include modern Europe and modern Germany, public and digital history, memory, mass violence, and visual culture. My dissertation explores how new modes of digital communication are changing the way in which the public interprets and presents Holocaust memory at former Nazi sites including Auschwitz-Birkenau, Dachau, Neuengamme, and Sachsenhausen. I am particularly interested in the photo-based platforms Flickr and Instagram, and how visitors and the memorials themselves discuss the memory of mass violence.
As a public historian, I have worked on a variety of research and archival projects, including Hate 2.0: Combating Hate in the Age of Social Technology, The Douglas Cardinal Archive Project, and processing the YM-YWHA collection at the Jewish Public Library Archives.
Outside of academia, I love to travel, read fantasy and science fiction novels, and explore my newfound love of road cycling.
If you would like to contact me, please do so at erica[dot]fagen[at]gmail.com