A cultural anthropologist by training and an expert on Poland, Prof. Erica Tucker's recent book, Remembering Occupied Warsaw, is concerned with collective memory of state-sponsored violence and, in particular, with how elderly residents of Warsaw, Poland remember and narrate their experiences growing up during World War II.

Professor Tucker's latest research project focuses on how this same period of history is commemorated in museums and public rituals.

Professor Tucker serves as the program director of the anthropology program and is also advisor to a student-run Polish Table/Polski Stól, which provides an opportunity for students to speak Polish and explore Polish culture through literature, films, excursions, and cuisine.


  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A. Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A. Anthropology, Beloit College

Research Interests

  • Cultural anthropology
  • Post-communist societies
  • Memory
  • Narrative
  • Museum studies
  • Violence
  • Aging
  • Folklore
  • East Europe, Poland

Courses Taught

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Violence
  • Language & Culture
  • Peoples & Cult of East Europe
  • Anthropology of the Holocaust

Areas of Expertise


Associate Professor of Anthropology, Anthropology Program Director



Selected Publications, Articles & Presentations

  • 2011 Remembering Occupied Warsaw: Polish Narratives of World War II. Northern Illinois University Press.
  • 2005 Rebuilding Lives Amidst the Ruins: The Reconstruction of the Warsaw 1945. Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.
  • 2003 Remembering Warsaw. Annual Meeting of the Central States Anthropological Society.
  • 2001 Warsaw's Two Uprisings and the Politics of Memory and Commemoration in Post Communist Poland. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.
  • 2000 Remembering the Warsaw Uprising. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.
  • 1997 Heroic Memory: Warsaw's Zoliborz & Post-Communist Poland. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.
  • Tucker, Erica L. 1998 Renaming Capital Street: Competing Visions of the Past in Post-Communist Warsaw, City & Society, vol. XX, pp. 223-244.