Comparative American Studies
Department Chair:
Wendy Kozol, Chair

Administrative Assistant:
Linda Pardee

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8390
Fax: (440) 775-8644

King 105
10 N. Professor Street
Oberlin, OH, 44074-1095

Wendy Kozol

Wendy Kozol

Professor/Chair of Comparative American Studies (1992)
Affiliate of GSFS

Contact Information


Rice Hall 112
(440) 775-6679

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or by appointment

Wendy Kozol

Wendy Kozol

Wendy Kozol, Professor

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Oberlin College, 1980
  • Master of Arts, Univ California Los Angeles, 1986
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Minnesota Minneapolis, 1990

Wendy Kozol is professor and program director of Comparative American Studies with a concentration in visual culture studies. She joined the Oberlin faculty in 1992, first in the History Department and then in Gender and Women’s Studies Program before moving to her present position. Her research and teaching interests include visual culture studies, comparative feminist theories and methodologies, and militarization, human rights and visual witnessing.

Her most recent book is Distant Wars Visible: The Ambivalence of Witnessing (2014). This latest book examines a range of visual cultures that depict 21st century US military conflicts to consider the politics of spectatorship and empathy shaping visual witnessing practices. Other recent publications include two essays co-authored with Rebecca A. Adelman ’01, “Ornamenting the Unthinkable: Visualizing Survival Under Occupation,” Women’s Studies Quarterly (Spring/Summer 2016); and “Discordant Affects: Ambivalence, Banality, and the Ethics of Spectatorship.” Theory & Event (Fall 2014). 

Wendy's personal webpage