Election of Ethics & Finance Committes 2021

The online election polls were open from Monday December 6, to Monday December 20, 2021. Active MSA members could vote for up to two candidates for the Finance Committee, and up to six for the Ethics Committee. You can read about the elected candidates (in alphabetical order) below.

The MSA would like to extend its congratulations to all successful candidates and its thanks to all candidates who participated in the elections. Without people putting themselves forward, these elections and the running of the MSA would not be possible! Best of luck to the newly formed Committees.

Finance Committee

Ella Rossmiller

Nomination Statement:

I would like to serve on the Finance Committee because I am eager to become more involved with the Memory Studies Association and because I believe financial transparency is essential to its continued growth. Like good health, good book-keeping is unappreciated until it is missing. My goal is to be unappreciated. I will accomplish this through complete financial transparency, accurate book-keeping, and reliably boring reports. Prior to becoming an academic, I worked for a decade managing study abroad programs. In this role, I collected all receipts, monitored all bank statements, and audited all balance sheets for over 30 study abroad programs with a total budget exceeding $1,000,000.


Dr. Ela Rossmiller is an Assistant Professor of Global Studies at Wilson College, where she teaches comparative politics and international relations. Her research concerns Polish memory politics after 1989.

Nomination Statement:

I chose to run for a place in the MSA Finance Committee for three reasons. The success of the Memory Studies Association relies undoubtedly also upon the way how appropriately the association manages its finances. The incomes and expenditure should be balanced, the incomes should not exhaust the MSA members and expenditure must be done with respect to all MSA members. I am aware that the Finance Committee is not an executive body and that its role is to audit the balance sheets and the statements of income and expenditure of the MSA. The Finance Committee, however, might play a more active role in checking carefully all financial expenditure done by the MSA and alert the association in case a disbalance is recognized. The second reason why I apply for a place in the Finance Committee is my previous experience in managing the finances. I was the main organizer of the 11th Congress of Czech Historians (2017), the largest conference of Czech historians organized every fifth year, and my responsibility was to make both ends meet so that incomes and expenditure are balanced. The third reason is my belief that the geographical areas outside Western Europe/USA+Canada should be more represented in the bodies of the MSA.


Radmila Švaříčková Slabáková received her Ph.D. from Pierre Mendès-France University in Grenoble, France, and currently is an Associate Professor of History at Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic. Her research interests encompass oral history, memory studies, gender and historiographical trends. She has published numerous book chapters and articles, among others, in the Gendering Postsocialism: Old Legacies and New Hierarchies (eds. Y. Gradskova and I. A. Morell, Routledge, 2018), Journal of Family History and Gender Studies. She is the author and co-author of five monographs in Czech, most recently Family and Its Memory in Us as Mirrored in Three-Generational Narratives (Triton, 2018) and Family Also Has Its Own Memory: Family Memory in an Interdisciplinary Context (NLN, 2018).

She is a co-chair of the MSA group Family Memory and Intergenerational Exchange. She has edited a volume Family Memory: Practices, Transmission and Uses in a Global Perspective, to be published 31st December 2021 (Routledge).

Ethics Committee

Mary M. McCarthy

Nomination Statement:

Power and power differentials are at the core of the concerns highlighted in the MSA Code of Conduct. Whether it is inter-personal relationships, inter-group relationships, or state-citizen relationships, it is important to uphold professional ethics standards in the memory studies community and to be a source of support for members, including having a grievance process to address concerns or problems raised. Over the past few years, as a Board member and now chair of my university’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), I have become increasingly involved in ethics considerations regarding research being conducted under the auspices of the university.

The historic misuse of power in medical studies led to the creation of IRBs in the US and, as memory scholars, we are all aware of how the repercussions of such abuses are continuing to this day. The IRB reviews all academic research that involves human participants. It is designed to protect human subjects, particularly those from vulnerable populations, and is involved with the ethics of research and researcher behavior. As IRB Board members we undertake continuous training to understand best practices across fields, changes in US federal guidelines, and foreign or international ethics requirements. In addition, through my institutional roles, research, and interests, I have become involved in how professional ethics interacts with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues. Although there are universal ethics standards, there are also DEI considerations that have to be taken into account when addressing specific situations. This is of particular note for an international organization with members from across the world, in order to ensure equitable ethical considerations but also to enhance conflict resolution where tensions arise from or are exacerbated by a lack of common assumptions. Finally, my research has brought me first-hand experience of the role of the state and corporations in academic freedom issues. In the past, the dissemination of my research has been curtailed by organizations that are dependent on foreign government funding. Such concerns have been amplified by our move to online platforms for dissemination, including webinars. Since the onset of the pandemic, we have become reliant on private companies to disseminate our research and conduct our classes, and those companies, sometimes through government pressure, have taken an active role in determining what can or cannot be shown on their platforms. This impacts our academic freedom. For all these reasons, I am quite interested in serving on the MSA Ethics Committee and believe I have something to contribute as we navigate new issues and old issues through new tools.


Mary M. McCarthy is a professor of politics and international relations at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. Her research and teaching explore the intersections of memory studies, diaspora studies, feminist studies, and international relations, with a regional focus on Asia and the Asia Pacific. Her most recent publications include “The Creation and Utilization of Opportunity Structures for Transnational Activism on WWII Sexual Slavery in Asia” in Jenny Wüstenberg and Aline Sierp, ed. Agency in Transnational Memory Politics (Berghahn Books, 2020), “Political and Social Contestation in the Memorialization of Comfort Women in the United States” in Sabine Marschall, ed. Public Memory in the Context of Transnational Migration and Displacement: Migrants and Monuments (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020), and “The Enduring Challenges of History Issues” in Takeo Hoshi and Phillip Lipscy, eds. The Political Economy of the Abe Government and Abenomics Reforms (Cambridge University Press, 2021). She has been an active member of the Memory Studies Association since 2017.

Jill Strauss

Nomination Statement:

With my academic background in conflict theory and practical training in facilitation and mediation, I believe that I will be an asset to the Ethics Committee. I can assist in both interpersonal and intergroup conflicts should they arise. I have experience developing ground rules with groups or codes of conduct to create the conditions for respectful engagement. Finally, as my research is on conflicted histories, I bring experience in addressing memory and conflict which could be useful across the organization. I also have a background in ethics in field research with participants and developing protocols for international review boards. I have done research projects with participants on memory themes most recently. The Ethics Committee can draw on the collective experience of MSA members to develop the standards.

As the memory studies field grows, there will be more of this kind of memory in the present research and the ethics of working with (often traumatized) people are important to highlight. Furthermore, reflexive issues around the experience of the researcher is important and self-care could be an aspect of the standards. Developing ethical standards for the Memory Studies Association is yet another important step in professionalization by creating standardized practices for this interdisciplinary international field of study. I hope to be part of the MSA’s continued growth and development.


Jill Strauss, PhD, teaches Conflict Resolution and Communications at Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY). Her research involves Restorative Practices and the visual interpretation of contested histories. She incorporates virtual reality technology in her curriculum so that students can make hidden histories visible by creating monuments in augmented reality. This project has grown into a collaboration with Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. Jill is a member of the MSA Museums and Memory Working Group and is co-editing a special issue journal with the MSA Witnessing Working Group. Jill completed her PhD at Ulster University in Northern Ireland in 2010, where she designed an innovative fieldwork project integrating storytelling and visual art for empathy and validation as one way to address a history of mutual humiliation and historical conflict. Jill is co-editor of Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation (Rutgers University Press 2019) along with other articles and book chapters.


Tamara Trošt

Nomination Statement:

I am hereby expressing interest in joining the Ethics committee of the Memory Studies Association. I am an Associate Professor for Sociology at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and am deeply committed to ethics in both the research process and in professional conduct. I work on issues of nationalism, identity, and memory in the region of the Western Balkans, and have followed the work of MSA over many years.

Where ethics are concerned, I am a member of my school’s ethics in research committee, as well as the university-wide committee on ethics issues, which deals with matters across the social and natural sciences and humanities, and I also teach ethics issues extensively in my research methods and PhD courses. In terms of professional engagement, I sit on committees of the International Mixed Methods Association, on the organizing committee of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) annual convention, and serve as associate editor at the journals Communist and Post-Communist Studies and Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism. In addition, I have had a chance to work in departments across Europe (Austria, Slovenia, Serbia) and the US (from small liberal arts colleges to large research universities like Princeton and Harvard), as well as a range of department perspectives – including my native sociology as well as in the business school where I am currently employed.

Throughout my previous experience in these very different associations, journals, and professional settings across different international and field contexts, I have participated in a range of discussions on ethical issues, beginning with those in research (e.g. ethics in work with human subjects), to those in the professional community (e.g. bullying), to issues in the publication process (e.g. those as “little” as the question of permissible self-citation standards, to larger issues like publishing work by scholars convicted of sexual harassment). I believe all of these issues warrant our attention, and am deeply pleased to see that many professional associations, including APSA and MSA, are starting to take them more seriously. Statements and recommendations by bodies such as the MSA can serve to help scholars across the professional community across the globe in setting standards of conduct, civility, and respect. While I certainly think many of these issues are global and universal to all disciplines, I nonetheless recognize the specificity of each field of research, and find it extremely important to discuss how these issues apply to our specific work in memory studies. It would be a pleasure to have a chance to participate in these discussions at MSA and help MSA contribute to making the professional field to which we have devoted our careers a more civil, fair, and accountable place.


Tamara Pavasović Trošt is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University (2012). Her research interests include nationalism and ethnicity, memory politics, and youth values. Previously, she was a visiting professor at the University of Graz, and spent the 2015-16 year as a Fung Fellow at Princeton University. Her most recent publications include Europeanization and Memory Politics in the Western Balkans (co-editor, 2021), and various articles on history education and nationalism in Memory Studies, Nations and Nationalism, and War & Society.

Hannah Wilson

Nomination Statement:

As part of the Memory Studies Association’s admirable and expanding network of scholars and practitioners in the field, it would be an honor to be accepted as part of the MSA Ethics Committee. Since 2017, when I first presented my research at the MSA Conference in Copenhagen, I have continued to collaborate and liaise with members of the association and was asked to co-organise the MSA Forward workshop this year. This was a wonderful opportunity to work more closely with the association’s committee in a formal capacity, and to learn more about the community in practice, as well as the different collaborative focus groups across the MSA. Moreover, I presented again at this year’s annual conference, resulting in an honorable mention. As such, the MSA has been a prominent part of my development as both an academic and professional within the discipline of memory studies.

My own PhD research addresses a number of ethical questions surrounding the integration of private memories into public spaces. This has included working directly with second generation Holocaust survivors on sensitive and intimate topics, as well as the curation and development of museum exhibitions. As part of this, I have become attune to ethical debates surrounding academia and research practices, which I would contentiously seek to apply to this role. Similarly, my long-standing position within the British Association for Holocaust studies as Web, Blog and Social Media Coodinator – an organisation which has its own ethical code of conduct- calls for the management of these codes across our online presence and social media pages. This has included disputes between members within our digital spaces, which I have been asked to address, and to further guide our students and followers as they continue to engage in this way. In addition, I try to ensure that our public engagement and blog contributions follow these codes in a professional manner. My aim is to provide a safe space to facilitate discussions, that does not bear judgement or hierarchy amongst scholars, as this is something that I am particularly passionate about.

I would benefit greatly from the opportunity to gain new skills and understandings from the MSA Ethics committee as I continue to grow as an academic. I am confident that I would fulfil the role with conviction and high standards, and to help the association to continue its mission to connect and support its members. I am keen to help to develop these codes, which integrate integrity, freedom, accountability and respect, and will guide scholars in need of some extra support within these areas. With this in mind, I hope I will be considered and look forward to continuing my work with the MSA in the future.


Hannah Wilson is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Public History, Heritage and Memory at Nottingham Trent University, where she currently works as a research assistant. She has received funding awards from Midlands4cities and the La Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah for her ongoing research into the material memory of Sobibór. She is a Web, Blog & Social Media Coordinator for British Association for Holocaust Studies, and an MA graduate of the Weiss-Livnat International MA program in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa. She has also participated in the archaeological research at Sobibór and Treblinka death camps. Hannah was also a placement content researcher at the IWM Holocaust Galleries for over a year during their development.

Tebessüm Yilmaz

Nomination Statement:

My name is Tebessüm Yılmaz Wilke and I am a feminist-activist-researcher residing in Berlin/Germany. Despite being a member of the association only for a year, I am familiar with the incredible work that you have been doing and I would like to contribute to the association’s efforts and share the responsibility.

After signing the peace petition “We Will Not Be a Party to This Crime” by the Academics for Peace (AfP) in Turkey, I was forced to quit my doctoral studies. Since 2017, I am recommencing my doctoral research on Feminist Perspectives on Kurdish Cinema: State Violence, Resistance and the Politics of Memory in the Department of Diversity and Social Conflict at Humboldt University in Berlin and hold a Ph.D. scholarship from Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. Moreover, I am one of the founding members of Academics for Peace e.V. in Germany, where I was an elected executive committee member for gender equality and anti-discrimination. During my term, I initiated the work on and campaigned for creating an LGBTIQ+ centered code of conduct to be implemented. Moreover, I have gained experience in crafting restorative justice and rights-centered approaches, practicing collectivity and solidarity through my volunteer work in various human rights and women’s rights NGOs and feminist activism. And these are the experiences and knowledge I would like to bring to the MSA Ethics Committee.

Knowing that voluntary work can get time and energy consuming, I prioritize the well-being of all the members of the MSA and solidarity among its members. However, crafting and practicing collectivity and solidarity are always a work in progress. They require self-criticism and self-reflection. Through the works of the Committee, we can aim towards being a more dynamic, diverse, and inclusive Association and keep contributing to ethically and politically responsible memory work by adopting feminist-queer perspectives that place a special interest in social justice.


Tebessüm Yılmaz Wilke is a feminist activist-researcher based in Berlin. Until 2016 she was a Ph.D. candidate at Istanbul University’s Department of International Relations and Political Science where she was working towards her thesis on Turkish State Violence Against Kurds, Trauma, and Resistance in Kurdish Cinema. After signing a peace petition in early 2016 demanding an end to the violence in Northern Kurdistan (Bakur), she was forced to quit her studies. She is currently recommencing her doctoral studies at the department of Diversity and Social Conflict at Humboldt University in Berlin. She campaigns to secure persecuted academics, especially graduate students, a safe space to continue their studies at universities abroad. Her academic interests include feminism, feminist and queer theory, feminist and queer methodologies, memory studies, critical film studies, Kurdish studies, and transitional justice studies.

Jessica Young

Nomination Statement:

The urgency of our work as memory scholars comes from the knowledge that by investigating the past, we can work towards a more just and equitable future. This type of utopian thinking should not be limited to our research, but should be a guiding principle for our organization as we chart our path forward. The establishment of the MSA Ethics Committee comes at a crucial time as society is grappling with not only the pandemic, but also increasing political polarization and the rapid global spread of misinformation. As a candidate for the Ethics Committee, I hope to affirm our integrity as a scholarly organization combatting these trends while working to maintain our culture of inclusivity. To do so, I hope to ensure that our code of conduct is sensitive to the needs of early career researchers and our growing global membership, as well as of the new modalities we interact through due to the pandemic.

Since joining the MSA as a graduate student in 2017, I have been struck by the generosity of my colleagues, especially when it comes to the professional development of early career researchers. As a past beneficiary of these opportunities, I have made it a priority to foster the development of tomorrow’s memory scholars by co-founding the Future of Trauma and Memory Studies reading group at the University of Illinois in 2015, co-organizing as a graduate student the Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies summer school in 2016, and recently participating in the dMSA event, “Careers in Memory Studies,” in March 2021. From these experiences I have learned how vast our field is in discipline, scope, and membership. I have also learned about the material, economic, cultural, and political limitations that hopeful scholars of color and those outside of
Europe and the United States face. As the field grows and diversifies, addressing these challenges in an ethical manner will remain central to our vitality as an organization. I look
forward to the opportunity of building and maintaining the framework that will allow us to be a welcoming field to all who wish to look to the past in order to envision better futures.


Jessica K. Young is an Assistant Professor of Global English at New College of Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she cofounded the Future of Trauma and Memory Studies graduate and faculty reading group and coedited, with Michael Rothberg, Days and Memory, the blog of the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies. Her research has been published in Memory Unbound: Tracing the Dynamics of Memory Studies. She is an enrolled member of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma.