Christina E. Simko

Christina Simko

Associate Professor of Sociology

413-597-2416
Hollander Hall Rm 304
At Williams since 2015

Education

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

Courses

SOC 232 SEM

Symbols and Society (not offered 2021/22)

SOC 326 SEM

Being Mortal
(not offered 2021/22)

SOC 328 / COMP 325 / AMST 328 / THEA 328 SEM

American Social Dramas (not offered 2021/22)

Scholarship/Creative Work

Selected Publications

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.

Mourning and Memory in the Age of COVID-19.” Sociologica 15, no. 1, 2021.

“From Legacy to Memory: Reckoning with Racial Violence at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.” ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, vol. 693, no. 2, 2021.

Between Tragedy and Trauma” (with Jeffrey K. Olick). Social Research, vol. 87, no. 3, 2020.

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

  • Standing Grievance Panel