I obtained my Ph.D. in history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in August 2018. My dissertation explored 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 was particularly interested in the photo-based platforms Flickr and Instagram, and how visitors and the memorials themselves discuss the memory of mass violence. My broader research interests included modern Europe and modern Germany, public and digital history, memory, mass violence, and visual culture.
As a public historian, I worked on a variety of museum, research, and archival projects, which included the development of pedagogical tools at the Montreal Holocaust Museum, working on projects such as Hate 2.0: Combating Hate in the Age of Social Technology and The Douglas Cardinal Archive Project at Carleton University, and processing the YM-YWHA collection at the Jewish Public Library Archives.
Outside of work, I love to travel, read fantasy and science fiction novels, and exploring my newfound love of road cycling.
If you would like to contact me, please do so at erica[dot]fagen[at]gmail.com