Renee C. Romano  Oberlin College

Robert S. Danforth Professor of History, Comparative American Studies and Africana Studies


Besides teaching a variety of courses on race in US history, historical memory, and US foreign policy, she is also committed to promoting public history, to working with K-12 educators, and to increasing access to higher education. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Organization of American Historians and has served as an advisor for the Kent State May 4th Walking Tour and Visitor's Center, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and for Radio Diaries. She is currently working on a public history project about Japanese American students at Oberlin during World War II. Romano has received state grants to run workshops on teaching civil rights history for secondary school teachers and at Oberlin serves as a campus mentor for the Posse Leadership Program.

Current research projects include co-editing a collection of writings by historians about the smash musical, Hamilton, ​and a study of Rush Limbaugh's children's book series about a time-traveling middle school history teacher.



Renee Romano is the Robert S. Danforth Professor of History, Professor of Africana Studies and Comparative American Studies and Chair of the History Department at Oberlin College. A graduate of Yale (BA, 1990) and Stanford (PhD, 1996), she teaches, researches, and writes about race in the post-World War II United States, the black freedom struggle, historical memory, and the challenges of writing about the recent past. 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-edited the book series, Since 1970: Histories of Contemporary America at the University of Georgia Press for five years.