Luce Program in
Individual and Collective Memory

Washington University in St. Louis

involved in the program

These people are associated with the program in diverse capacities - from giving the occasional talk or guest-lecture to running the program. You can find more detail on their teaching and research by clicking on the HomePage links.

Luce Committee

Luce Committee members are in charge of planning the courses and events that make up the program. They are also available for supervision of individual research projects on individual and collective mememory. However, students  please first get in touch with P Boyer before contacting other factulty.


Pascal BOYER is the Henry Luce Professor of Individual and Collective Memory. He teaches in the Psychology and Anthropology departments at Washington University. His work centers on questions concerning the understanding of culture and its scientific investigation as it relates to the mind and the brain. Most of his research is focused on the cognitive processes involved in acquiring, storing and transmitting cultural knowledge, norms and preferences.


Jim WERTSCH. My work is concerned with collective memory and identity. I have particular interests in how these issues play out in Russia , the Republic of Georgia , and Estonia , but my research is also motivated by a broader set of concerns about the nature of collective memory in general. I am currently working on several projects in the South Caucasus , especially the Republic of Georgia . This includes collaborating with colleagues on efforts to understand the emergence of civil society, and democracy in this region. Of particular interest for me is how schools and other institutions are harnessed to create and maintain official collective memory.


Lori WATT is Assistant Professor in the History Department. She does research on modern East Asian history. Her research explores the dismantling of the Japanese empire after World War II and the transition of East Asia from an imperial to a Cold War formation. Watt's courses focus on East Asian history and historiography, empire and decolonization, nations and nationalism, and migration. Watt, who is fluent in Japanese and research-capable in Chinese, also teaches an increasingly popular "Crossing Borders" course in International and Area Studies.


Gerald EARLY is a noted essayist and American culture critic. A professor of English, of African and Afro-American Studies, and of American Culture Studies, all in Arts & Sciences, Early is the author of several books, including The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Prizefighting, Literature and Modern American Culture, which won the 1994 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. He is also editor of numerous volumes, including Body Language: Writers on Sports (1998), The Muhammad Ali Reader (1998), The Sammy Davis, Jr., Reader (2001), and Miles Davis and American Culture (2001).


Henry ROEDIGER III is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in the Psychology department. His research is concerned with retrieval processes in human memory, or how knowledge is recovered from memory. The topics below represent past and present lines of investigation along with references, which summarize some of the work I have done in each of these areas.

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Mark McDANIEL conducts research in the general area of human learning and memory. His most significant lines of work encompass several areas: prospective memory, encoding processes in enhancing memory, retrieval processes and mnemonic effects of retrieval, functional and intervening concept learning, and aging and memory. One unifying theme in this research is the investigation of factors and processes that lead to memory and learning failures. In much of this work, he has extended his theories and investigations to educationally relevant paradigms.


Wayne FIEDS is a nationally known expert on American literature, non-fiction prose, rhetoric and American political argument. His book, "Union of Words: A History of Presidential Eloquence" (1996) examines the use of rhetoric in presidential speeches, from declarations of candidacy to nomination acceptances, inaugural addresses, state-of-the-union speeches, declarations of war, executive farewells and other special addresses. He has served as a commentator for National Public Radio, Radio Free Europe and various television and radio network programs. Other books include "James Fenimore Cooper: A Collection of Critical Essays" (1979); "What the River Knows: An Angler in Midstream" (1990), a highly acclaimed non-fiction book about fly-fishing, the mysteries of rivers and the uncertainties of life's second half; and "The Past Leads a Life of Its Own" (1992), a collection of pieces about American boyhood.


Hillel KIEVAL is Gloria M. Goldstein Professor of Jewish History and Thought. His research interests are Jewish culture and society in East Central Europe / Ethnicity and nationalism / History and memory. <>His books include The Making of Czech Jewry: National Conflict and Jewish Society in Bohemia, 1870-1918.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1988, and Languages of Community: The Jewish Experience in the Czech Lands.  Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2000.


Larry JACOBY is a Professor in the Psychology department. He conducts research that focuses on the distinction between consciously-controlled and automatic processes. Jacoby uses techniques that separate these two components of responding to forms of memory, which are relatively uninfluenced by aging, to explore neural bases of memory. The distinction is useful for better understanding age-related differences in memory performance, and for improved diagnosis and treatment of memory deficits. Other research extends the conscious/automatic distinction to issues in the domain of social psychology and seeks to identify brain-based differences for the types of processes.

Other associated faculty


Carl CRAVER is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, in the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program. His interests include the philosophy and history of neuroscience and psychology, philosophy of biology, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and ethics. He has published articles in, e.g., Philosophy of Science and the Journal of the History of Biology. He is currently completing his book, Explaining the brain: A mechanist’s account and co-editing both a reader for MIT Press (Philosophy across the life-sciences) and a special issue for Studies in the History and Philosophy of Biology and the Biomedical Sciences.


Erin McGLOTHLIN is Assistant Professor of German at Washington University in St. Louis. Her main research interests are in the areas of contemporary literature, particularly that of the Holocaust. Her dissertation, which is currently being revised for publication, looks at the ways in which the so-called "Second Generation" imagines the Holocaust, an event to which it has no direct access, and how the narrative structure of the text registers these encounters with Holocaust trauma and memory.


Bret GUSTAFSON is Assistant Professor of Anthropology. His research focuses on the ethnographic study of the state and on not-so-new transnational processes referred to as globalizations. I am specifically interested in social movements and translocal networks that affect and give meaning to power relations, processes of identity formation, and forms of collective political action in Latin America .


Jennifer KAPCSYNSKI is Assistant Professor of German. Her research focuses principally on twentieth century literature and cinema. Her dissertation, “The German Patient: Metaphors of National Illness in Postwar Literature and Film” examines the place of disease in discussions of German guilt after 1945, and demonstrates that illness provided a key framework for postwar thinkers attempting to explain the emergence and impact of fascism.


Tabea LINHARD is Assistant Professor of Spanish. Her research interests include 20th Century Peninsular and Mexican Literary and Cultural Studies; Transatlantic Studies; Gender and Revolution.

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