Christina E. Simko

Christina Simko

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Hollander Hall Rm 304
At Williams since 2015


B.A. Bridgewater College, Sociology (2005)
M.A. University of Virgina, Sociology (2007)
Ph.D. University of Virginia, Sociology (2013)

Areas of Expertise

  • Cultural sociology
  • Historical sociology
  • Political sociology
  • Collective memory
  • Social theory


SOC 232

Symbols and Society (not offered 2020/21)

SOC 326

Being Mortal
(not offered 2020/21)

SOC 328 / COMP 325 / AMST 328 / THEA 328

American Social Dramas (not offered 2020/21)

Scholarship/Creative Work

Selected Publications

“Between Tragedy and Trauma” (with Jeffrey K. Olick). Social Research, forthcoming (summer 2020).

“Contesting Commemorative Landscapes: Confederate Monuments and Trajectories of Change” (with David Cunningham and Nicole Fox). Social Problems, forthcoming.

What We Talk about When We Talk about Culture” (with Jeffrey K. Olick). American Journal of Cultural Sociology, forthcoming.

Marking Time in Memorials and Museums of Terror: Temporality and Cultural Trauma.” Sociological Theory, vol. 38, no. 1, 2020.

Oprah and the Politics of Consolation.” Society, vol. 56, no. 3, 2019.

Collective Memory.” Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology, 2019.

From Difficult Past to Imagined Future: Projective Reversal and the Transformation of ‘Ground Zero.‘” Poetics, vol. 67, 2018.

“Forgetting to Remember: The Present Neglect and Future Prospects of Collective Memory in Sociological Theory.” In Handbook of Contemporary Sociological Theory, edited by Seth Abrutyn. Springer, 2016.

“The Problem of Suffering in the Age of Prozac.” In To Fix or to Heal: Patient Care, Public Health, and the Limits of Biomedicine, edited by Joseph E. Davis and Ana Marta Gonzáles. New York University Press, 2016.

The Politics of Consolation: Memory and the Meaning of September 11. Oxford University Press, 2015.

Rhetorics of Suffering: September 11 Commemorations as Theodicy.” American Sociological Review, vol. 77, no. 6, 2012.

Current Committees

  • Compensation Committee from Steering Committee