Erika Doss

Erika Doss


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Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st Century American Art
  • Public Art, Monuments, and Memorials
  • Cultural Affect

Erika Doss is a professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her wide-ranging interests in modern and contemporary American art are reflected in the breadth of her publications, including Benton, Pollock, and the Politics of Modernism: From Regionalism to Abstract Expressionism (1991, which received the Charles C. Eldredge Prize), Spirit Poles and Flying Pigs: Public Art and Cultural Democracy in American Communities (1995), Elvis Culture: Fans, Faith, and Image (1999), Looking at Life Magazine (editor, 2001), The Emotional Life of Contemporary Public Memorials: Towards a Theory of Temporary Memorials (2008), Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America (2010), Monumental Troubles: Rethinking What Monuments Mean Today (editor, 2018), and Spiritual Moderns: Twentieth Century American Artists and Religion (2022). Her revised textbook American Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries was published in 2017. Doss is also co-editor of the “Culture America” series at the University Press of Kansas, and is on the editorial boards of Memory StudiesPublic Art DialogueMaterial Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief, and The Journal of Transnational American Studies. The recipient of several Fulbright awards, Doss has held fellowships at the Stanford Humanities Center, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

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