Department Chair:
Pablo Mitchell

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. 8:00-4:30

Renee Romano

Renee Romano

Associate Professor of History

Contact Information


Rice Hall 18
(440) 775-6584

Personal Office Hours:
M-10:00-12:00 TH-1:30-3:30 And by appointment

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 is a specialist in 20th century American history, with research interests in African American history, civil rights, and historical memory. She came to Oberlin from Wesleyan University, where she taught for twelve years as a member of the History Department and the African American Studies Program. She is the author of Race Mixing: Black-White Marriage in Postwar America (Harvard University Press, 2003), and co-editor of The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory (University of Georgia Press, 2006). She is at work on a new book, tentatively entitled Justice Delayed: Civil Rights Trials and America's Racial Reckoning, which explores contemporary prosecutions of civil rights era crimes. Other current projects include co-editing an anthology about the methodological challenges of writing histories of recent events, and serving as the editor of a new book series on recent American history for the University of Georgia Press. She teaches courses on a wide range of subjects, including the United States in World War II, American historical memory, race and sexuality, U.S. foreign policy, civil rights, and race and the environment.