Allison Wanger

Contact Information

photo of Allison Wanger111A Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-3297


Visiting Assistant Professor
Global and Intercultural Studies (American Studies)


PhD, University of Iowa
MA, California State University, Fullerton
BA, California State University, Fullerton


Dr. Wanger's teaching and research focus on the intersections of U.S. cultural history and the world, nationalism studies, memory studies, critical identity politics, death studies, and trauma and violence studies.

At Miami, she teaches Introduction to American Cultures for the general student population and the American Culture & English program, Disney and American Culture, and Americans Abroad: Heritage Tourism.


Dr. Wanger's research is grounded in the understanding that definitions of violence, death, and tragedy are socially constructed categories, prone to change over time. Her work aims to examine incidents of violence and tragedy, both fictional and non-fictional, among diverse communities in the contexts of their specific historical moments and within public memory.

Dr. Wanger's current research considers how diverse Americans define and understand their individual, national, and global identities through mourning and memorialization. To explore this phenomenon, her current manuscript project, "These Honored Dead," provides a history of the social, military, and political impetuses behind the federal government’s interest in caring for America’s war and military dead. More specifically, it examines how the national cemetery system’s funerary landscapes provide physical and affective evidence of how the federal government and the American citizenry negotiate identity politics, cultural customs, and international relations.


Dr. Wanger is currently participating in a collaborative book project (Routledge 2017) with scholars from throughout Europe and funded by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, that explores the political, social, and cultural uses of collective memory in transatlantic relations from the Cold War to the present. Her contribution, which was workshopped at 2016 European Association of American Studies conference in Romania, investigates how and why the American government continues to commemorate its war dead as a means of promoting foreign diplomacy.