Dee Britton

Dr. Britton’s primary areas of teaching include core social science courses/studies (quantitative and qualitative research methods, social theory), as well as introductory, advanced and graduate courses/studies in collective memory, social aspects of disaster and perspectives in terrorism.

Dr. Britton’s primary research is the study of collective memory, specifically how national and transnational identities and affiliations are constructed and reconstructed through use of various collective memory spaces, traditions, artifacts and commemorations. As sociopolitical group identity reconstruction frequently occurs during moments of social disruption, her academic exploration has included the study of disasters, terrorism, events of social unrest and war. Her research occupies the intersections of sociology, cultural geography, visual studies, political science and public administration. Dr. Britton is a regular presenter at a number of international conferences including International Sociological Association, International Visual Sociology Association and the Memory Studies Association.  



  • Ph.D. in Social Science (PhD) from Syracuse University


  • Comfort in Cloth: The Remembrance Quilt (reprint), New York State Folklore Reader: Diverse Voices. Elizabeth Tucker, Ellen McHale editors. University of Mississippi Press, 2013.
  • Dark Elegy: The Embodiment of Terrorism in the American Memorial Landscape, Rhetoric, Remembrance, and Visual Form: Sighting Memory. Anne Demo, Bradford Vivian, editors. Routledge. 2011
  • Arlington’s Cairn: Constructing the Commemorative Foundation for United States’ Terrorist Victims. Journal of Political and Military Sociology 35 (1), 2007