Shona Thompson


Twitter: @shona__thompson


Previous Education

2016 – 2017 MA History with Distinction, Lancaster University. Dissertation title: ‘Blood at the Root: Commemorating Racial Violence in the United States’.

2013 – 2016 BA History with First Class Honours, Lancaster University.


Thesis Title

Empathy and the Commemoration of Racial Violence in the United States



Dr Patrick Hagopian, Dr Nicholas Radburn


Research Summary

My research examines the role of empathy in commemorative displays of historical trauma and suffering. Specifically, I investigate audience responses to commemorative representations of African American history by exploring museum displays, memorials, and commemorative performances in the United States.


Research Interests

Memory Studies, US History, History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Empathy and Commemorative Practice, Trauma Studies, African American History and Culture, Audience Response Research, Visual Culture, Performance Studies.

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