Samantha Oliver is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work involves approaching monuments, memorials museums, and commemorative activities and rituals as communicative mediums that speak to issues of national identity, collective memory, and present political, cultural, and social concerns. Her dissertation focuses on the politics, rhetoric, and circulation of post-Cold War victims of communism memorials in a variety of national settings, examining how this memorial form recurs across diverse contexts and to what ends. Her work has been presented at the International Communication Association, the International Association of Media and Communication Research, and the International Studies Association, amongst other conferences. Oliver is currently serving as a full-time Lecturer in Penn’s Critical Writing Program, where she teaches freshman writing seminars on topics such as global media events, the Confederate statues debates, and trolls and online culture. Prior to joining Annenberg, she worked in various capacities for development and human service non-profits in Detroit, MI and Cape Town, South Africa. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and a B.A. in Comparative Cultures and Politics from Michigan State University, and an M.A. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania.
Samantha Oliver studies the dynamics of collective memory, commemoration, communication, and war memory, with a focus on the Cold War. She is also currently a full-time Lecturer in the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches writing seminars focused on communication and media studies.