Erica Fagen

Bio Erica graduated from Carleton University where she received her MA in Public History, and is currently pursuing her PhD studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Erica has been involved in array of historical projects and research initiatives, including the Montreal Life Stories Project, the Y Archive Project at the Jewish Public Library in Montreal, the Douglas Cardinal Archive Project, and most recently Hate 2.0: Combating Right-Wing Extremism in the Age of Social Technology.
Research Erica’s MA research examined tourist reception and representation of the former concentration camp of Sachsenhausen through the videos visitors create and upload on the popular social media site of YouTube. By using the methodology of “dark tourism, ” the work of social media scholars, and the writings of Walter Benjamin, Erica’s research explored new ways in which tourists remember and discuss Holocaust memory in the 21st century.