Mira Debs is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Yale University and a junior fellow of the Center for Cultural Sociology. Her research focuses on how groups form collective identity through objects, history and their childrens’ schooling. Her research cases have included studies on Italian art, India’s independence struggle, the post-civil rights memory in the American South
Her dissertation project examines parent identity and activism around their childrens’ schools and racial integration. She examines in particular the public Montessori school movement, and is conducting an ethnography at two public Montessori schools in Connecticut.
Her work has been published in Cultural Sociology and Nations and Nationalism.
Woods, E. T. and Debs, Mira. (2013), Toward a Cultural Sociology of Nationalism, Nations and Nationalism. doi: 10.1111/nana.12036.
Debs, Mira. (2013), Using Cultural Trauma: Gandhi’s assassination, partition and secular nationalism in post-independence India, Nations and Nationalism. doi: 10.1111/nana.12038.
Debs, Mira. (2012), The Suffering of Symbols: Giotto Frescoes and the Cultural Trauma of Objects, Cultural Sociology.