Department Chair:
Renee Romano

Administrative Assistant:
Kathy King

Department Email:

Phone: 440 775 8520
Fax: 440 775 6910

Rice Hall 316
10 North Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00-12:00, 1:00-4:30

Carol Lasser, Emeritus

Carol Lasser, Emeritus

Professor of History
Director Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, Emeritus

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Pennsylvania, 1973
  • Master of Arts, Harvard University, 1975
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1982

Professor Lasser has written widely on women and gender in nineteenth-century America. Her publications include: Educating Men and Women Together: Coeducation in a Changing World (1987); Friends and Sisters: Letters between Lucy Stone and Antoinette Brown Blackwell, 1846-1893 (Coeditor, with Marlene D. Merrill, 1987);  "Performing Abolition: African American Women at Antebellum Oberlin and the Quest for Emancipation,” in Kathryn Kish Sklar and James Brewer Stewart, eds., Women’s Rights and Transatlantic Antislavery in the Era of Emancipation (Yale University Press, 2007); and “Voyeuristic Abolitionism: Sex, Gender and the Transformation of Antislavery Discourse,” in  Journal of the Early Republic, 28 (Spring 2008). Most recently she completed, with Stacey Robertson, Antebellum Women: Private, Public, Partisan (Rowman and Littlefield, 2012).

Her interest in history education is reflected in her work co-editing, with Gary Kornblith, the Textbooks and Teaching section of the Journal of American History; a selection of articles from this endeavor appeared as Teaching American History: Essays Adapted from the Journal of American History, 2001-2007 (Boston Bedford/ St. Martin’s, 2008).  Her current initiative, “Digitizing American Feminisms,” funded by an Ohio5 Mellon Foundation Grant, expands on explorations of bridges between history classrooms and history scholarship to work with students in her courses to develop high quality digital document projects based on manuscripts in the Oberlin College Archives.

As an educator, she founded and served as the first director of OCEAN: the Oberlin College Enrollment Alliance Network (www.oberlin.edu/ocean), a concurrent enrollment partnership between Oberlin and selected high schools to develop and teach college-level courses; she continues to serve on its board, and also on the Education Studies Committee at Oberlin College. She has worked as a consultant on assessment, an evaluator for Teaching American History grants funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and a Consultant-Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

In addition, from 2008 to 2012, she served  as Director of the American Democratic Culture Partnerships a program that brought together  students from Al-Quds University in Palestine, Tel Aviv University and Oberlin College ;she is now developing a program for tri-lateral dialogue,  developing intellectual capital and skills for Palestinian, Israeli and Oberlin women.

Her current scholarly focus is Elusive Utopia: A History of Race in Oberlin, Ohio, a book manuscript in progress, with Gary Kornblith.  Other projects include: with Oberlin Professor of English Sandra Zagarell, “Reclaiming Feeling Right: Antebellum Religious Sentimentality as Activism,” an article stimulated by their interdisciplinary course on Uncle Tom’s Cabin.