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

Renee Romano

Renee Romano

Chair, Department of History
Professor of History, Africana Studies, and Comparative American Studies
Affiliate of the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Institute

Contact Information


Rice Hall 317
(440) 775-6584

Personal Office Hours:
Tues. 10:00am-12:00 noon (also) 1:30-3:30pm *********(in addition) Wed., 10:00am-12:00 noon And by appointment

Renee Romano

Renee Romano

Renee Romano, Associate Professor of History

Office of Communications

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Yale University, 1990
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 1996

Renee Romano specializes in modern American history, with research interests in the racial politics of the post-WWII United States, African American history, civil rights, and historical memory. She is the author or editor of four books: Race Mixing: Black-White Marriage in Postwar America (Harvard University Press, 2003); The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory (University of Georgia Press, 2006); Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History that Talks Back (University of Georgia Press, 2012); and Racial Reckoning: Prosecuting America's Civil Rights Murders (Harvard University Press, 2014). With Claire Potter (The New School), she co-edits the book series, Since 1970: Histories of Contemporary America at the University of Georgia Press. 


Professor Romano teaches courses on a wide range of subjects, including the United States in World War II, American historical memory, race and sexuality, the history of whiteness, U.S. foreign policy, civil rights, and race and the environment. She has also served as a historical advisor for the Kent State May 4th Walking Tour and Visitor's Center, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and Radio Diaries. She has received state grants to run workshops on teaching civil rights history for secondary school teachers and currently serves as an Oberlin campus mentor for the Posse Leadership Program.

Personal website: http://www.reneeromano.com