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Emerita Professor of History, Oberlin College
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19th century women; antislavery women; activist women;, history of women's education/co-education; race and woman suffrage; temperance, gender and racial respectability; history of race in Oberlin, Ohio
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About Me

Carol Lasser, Emerita Professor of History at Oberlin College,  received a  Ph.D. in history from Harvard University; she taught on gender and race in American history, and chaired the History Department and the Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies Program. She was the 2016 president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. Her books include: Elusive Utopia: The Struggle for Racial Equality in Oberlin, Ohio (with Gary Kornblith, Fall 2018); Antebellum American Women (with Stacey Robertson, 2010); Teaching American History ( co-edited with Gary Kornblith 2009); Friends and Sisters: Letters Between Lucy Stone and Antoinette Brown Blackwell, 1846-1893, (with Marlene Merrill, 1987) and Educating Men and Women Together: Coeducation in a Changing World (1987). Her other publications include: ““Conscience and Contradiction: The Moral Ambiguities of Antebellum Reformers Marcus and Rebecca Buffum Spring” (Journal of the Early Republic, 2018); “Voyeuristic Abolitionism: Sex, Gender and the Transformation of Antislavery Discourse ( Journal of the Early Republic, 2008); and “Enacting Emancipation: African American Women Abolitionists from Oberlin College and the Quest for Empowerment, Equality, and Respectability” (Women’s Rights and Transatlantic Antislavery in the Era of Emancipation 2007), (with and the Oberlin College Archives); and articles on Civil War courtship, working women, feminist historiography, and the scholarship of teaching. For six years, she co-edited the “Teaching and Texts” section of the Journal of American History.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Emancipation, Family, Gender, Higher Ed, Libraries & Archives, Sexuality, Slavery, Women