Emily Salemi .pngPh.D. Candidate

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Advisor: Linford Fisher

Research Interests: The use of cemeteries in the shaping of identity, especially regarding questions of inclusion and exclusion, and the relationship of the living and the dead.

Dissertation: Living with the City of the Dead: Place and Community in Nineteenth-Century American Garden Cemeteries

Emily’s dissertation addresses the use of nineteenth-century garden cemeteries in the shaping of American identity at a national and local level. She explores questions of manufactured heritage, personal identity through cause of death, social boundary policing through burial restrictions, and the restructuring of the American afterlife. She also looks at how the structure of the garden cemetery increased the contact between the living and the dead, allowing them to function as a single community.