Sara Polak is visiting postdoctoral researcher at the GCSC and assistant professor in American studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands. At Giessen, she works with Greta Olson on a project that studies the US American ‘Ebola scare’ of 2014-5 on Twitter. This is the beginning of a larger study of the political form and function of online sociality and violence, and cultural memory on social media. At Leiden University, Polak teaches contemporary American culture and literature at BA and MA level, and writes regular newspaper analyses of US politics, history and culture.

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