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

Meredith Raimondo

Meredith Raimondo

Vice President and Dean of Students

Contact Information


Wilder Hall 105
(440) 775-8462

Meredith Raimondo

Meredith Raimondo

Meredith Raimondo

Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Brown University, 1991
  • Master of Arts, Emory University, 1997
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Emory University, 1999

Professor Meredith Raimondo came to Oberlin in 2003 as one of the first professors in the newly created Department of Comparative American Studies. It was therefore her responsibility, along with Professor Gina Perez, to help create a vision for Oberlin's CAS department. CAS is focusing on the comparative,” Raimondo said in 2003, how diversity affects Americans at home and abroad, and what this means when we look at the role of the United States in a global context.

Professor Raimondo's focus has been on LGBT and sexuality studies. In the 2004-05 school year, she received a grant from the CSL to teach her First-Year Seminar, HIV/AIDS in America . This seminar addressed the questions of the state of the AIDS epidemic in the United States, as well as the disproportionate affect of HIV/AIDS in particular groups and localities in the United States. In addition to discussing and writing about assigned readings, students explored these questions by participating in a local community-based organization addressing HIV/AIDS.

In the 2006-2007 school year, she is also teaching the community-based learning practicum CAST 300 and 301, Situated Research, taught in the past by Gina Perez. This course combines classroom methodology learning with field-based research in comparative American studies.