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Amy Sodaro received her PhD in Sociology from the New School for Social Research, with a focus on cultural sociology and memory studies. She holds an MA from the New School in Liberal Studies and a BA from Tufts University in Drama and Classics and has taught sociology, cultural studies and genocide studies at the New School and at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Her research focuses on memory and memorialization of violence and atrocity. She has published chapters and articles on memorial museums, including the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the House of Terror in Budapest, the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center in Rwanda and the 9/11 Museum. She is co-editor of Memory and the Future: Transnational Politics, Ethics and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan 2010), a special issue of WSQ “At Sea,” and Museums and Sites of Persuasion: Memory, Politics and Human Rights (Routledge, forthcoming), and author of Exhibiting Atrocity: Memorial Museums and the Politics of Past Violence (Rutgers University Press, 2018).
Sociology, memory studies, museum studies, Holocaust and genocide studies
- B.A. Tufts University, Classics and Drama,1997
- M.A. New School for Social Research, Liberal Studies,2004
- Ph.D. New School for Social Research, Sociology, 2011
- This course studies the social world and how it has evolved over time, as well as how individuals are influenced and structured by social interactions in small groups and by larger social forces. The course covers major sociological theories and research methods, and key concepts such as culture, socialization, social class, race/ethnicity, gender, technology, social inequality, and social change.
- A close relationship exists between the social problems and the values and structures regarded by society as normal and stable. In this course, students apply sociological principles, theory, methods, and research toward an understanding of social problems. Prerequisite: SOC 100
Research and Projects
- I am currently working on several articles developing my research on the 9/11 Museum. I am also co-editing a volume Museums and Sites of Persuasion: Memory, Politics and Human Rights (Routledge, forthcoming).
- Memory, History, and Nostalgia in Berlin’s Jewish Museum, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society
- Whose Holocaust? The Struggle for Romany Inclusion in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, International Journal of the Inclusive Museum
- Memory and the Future: Transnational Politics, Ethics and Society, Palgrave Macmillan
- Remembering the Rwandan Genocide at the Kigali Memorial Center in Curating Difficult Knowledge, Palgrave Macmillan
- Haunted by the Spectre of Communism: Silence and Spectacle in Hungary’s House of Terror, Berghahn Books
- Prosthetic Trauma and Politics in the National September 11 Memorial Museum, Memory Studies
- Exhibiting Atrocity: Memorial Museums and the Politics of Past Violence, Rutgers University Press
- Understanding Socialization in Sociology in Action, Sage
- Affect, Performativity and Politics in the 9/11 Museum, Liminalities