Eric W Ross

Eric W Ross

Eric W Ross

Term Instructor

Museum studies, memory studies, temporality, dissensus, political subjectivity, and cultural policy

Eric W. Ross is a Humanities Instructor at Mason Korea. He holds a B.A. in English from Carthage College, an M.A. in American Studies from the University of South Florida, and a PhD in Cultural Studies from George Mason University.

His research examines 'activist' history museums from around the world that have been influential in their local, national, and international contexts and aims to capture the ways these museums have utilized the museum form to shape and challenge dominant historical discourse(s) and political subject formation by centering memories and histories that are left out or marginalized within the national imaginary, employing alternative temporalities to challenge those narratives, and encouraging visitors to become activists themselves

In 2021 he was a residential fellow with the Center for Humanities Research at George Mason University and has previously served as a graduate lecturer with the School of Integrative Studies and the Honors College



Selected Publications

  • "Memory and race at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights" Memory Studies. 2024.
  • “Review of Phillips, Barnaby, Loot: Britain and the Benin Bronzes” H-War, H-Net reviews. August, 2023. 
  • “Museum Democracy.” Museological Review, no. 25, 2021, pp. 174.

Grants and Fellowships

2021-22 - Doctoral Research Scholar Fellowship, GMU Office of the Provost

Fall 2021 - Graduate Residential Fellowship, GMU Center for Humanities Research


Courses Taught

CULT 320: Globalization and Culture

HNRS 260: Museums and Public Memory

INTS 101: Narratives of Identity

INTS 245: Visual Culture and Society

INTS 304: Social Movements and Community Activism

INTS 320: Social Construction of Difference: Gender, Race, and Class


George Mason University, Cultural Studies, PhD

University of South Florida, American Studies, MA

Carthage College, English, BA


Recent Presentations

Presenter: “They Remain the Challenges of Today” Black Reconstruction at the National Museum of African American History and Culture; Memory Studies Association Annual Conference; Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, July 3-7, 2023

Panelist: Analysing Museums’ Memory Work – A Methodologies Workshop; Memory Studies Association Annual Conference; Newcastle, UK, July 3-7, 2023

Presenter: “Washington Revelations” The Museum of the Bible and Evangelical Activism; Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference; Fairfax, VA, June 1-4, 2023

In the Media

Spring 2022 Colloquium Series w/ Dr. Katherine Hite -- Second Nature Podcast

Social Justice Educators roundtable -- Second Nature Podcast

"Just Urban Futures" -- Interview with Ashley Dawson