If you’re wondering who’s behind Coronavirus Lost and Found: My name is Rebecca A. Adelman and I’m Professor and Chair of Media and Communication Studies at UMBC. You can learn more about my work here. I spend a lot of time thinking about the role of emotion in public culture, and I’m always interested in the kinds of suffering and experiences of survival that often get overlooked, or go uncounted, in times of crisis.

But I didn’t start this archive as a researcher. I created it simply because I wanted a place for people’s stories of losing and finding to live, somewhere they could be shared, housed, and publicly acknowledged.


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