| by Neil Gross

Sunday’s Dec. 16 New York Times ran an op-ed by Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross titled “Are Americans Experiencing Collective Trauma?” in which Gross defines the psychological phenomenon and recounts its origins. Gross recounts past collective traumatic events including the 1972 Buffalo Creek flood in West Virginia and the 1989 Polish revolution, concluding, “Last month’s presidential election has collective trauma written all over it.” With people asking “Is this America?,” Gross believes “it’s a telltale sign of collective trauma, a grasping for identity when the usual bases for community aren’t there anymore.”