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Frederick B. Artz Scholars & Their Topics

Cathy Rodabaugh, Adjunct Faculty, History, Hiram College.

"The interconnectedness of political, religious, and reform ties in masculine relationships and political alignments on the antebellum Western Reserve"

Joseph Ho, Doctoral Student, History, University of Michigan.

"Be Thou My Vision:" Oberlin Missionaries and Photographic Visuality in China Missions, 1880-1950."

Carly Woods, Lecturer, Communication Studies/Women's and Gender Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

"Creating Rhetorical Spaces: Literary and Debating Societies at Oberlin, 1835-1900."


Steve Gowler, Berea College

"The Life and Thought of William Goodell"

Hongliang Gu, East China Normal School in Shanghai; Visiting Scholar, Harvard-Yenching Institute

"Lin Hos Confucianism and His Experiences at Oberlin and Harvard"

Art Holbrook, Art Holbrook Productions, Victoria, BC, Canada

"Gentlemen and Saints: Oberlin and the Fight to End Slavery in America"

Leah Wright, Wesleyan University

"The Loneliness of the Black Conservative: Black Republicans and the Grand Old Party"


Kabria Baumgartner, University of Massachusetts

"In Pursuit of Knowledge: African American Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America"

Rachel Cope, Brigham Young University

"Drops of Grace and Mercy: How Women Cultivated Personal Change through Conversion Processes"

Art Holbrook, Art Holbrook Productions, Victoria, BC, Canada

"Gentlemen and Saints: Oberlin and the Fight to End Slavery in America"

Kurt Edward Kemper, Dakota State University

"Race and the Limits of Reform: The Birth of Modern College Basketball"

Carla Stephens, Temple University

"Mozambican Liberation and American Activism, 1964-1975"


Brent Morris, Cornell University

"'Be Not Conformed to This World:' Oberlin and the Anti-Slavery Movement"


Nancy Neng-Chih Chen, Southern Taiwan University

"The Educational Enterprise of Oberlin-in-China: a Case Study of Ming-Hsien, Taiku Shanxi, 1904-1939"

Rachel Cope, Syracuse University

"'In Some Places a Few Drops and Other Places a Plentiful Shower:' the Religious Impact of Revivalism on Nineteenth-Centure Women"

Diane F. Eickhoff, University of Missouri, Kansas City

"Shall Women Preach? Antebellum Feminism, Ordination, and Antoinette Brown"

Derrick R. Spires, Vanderbilt University

"Reimagining a 'Beautiful but Baneful Object': Black Writers' Theories of Citizenship and Nation in the Antebellum U.S."


Christi M. Smith, Indiana University*

"What Happened to Radical Reconstruction?"

*Ms. Smith used her funds in the summer of 2008.


Dayton Haskin, Boston College

"The First English Majors"

John H. Matsui

"If God Be For Us, Who Can Be Against Us?"

Margaret Ann Spratt

"American Women and the Search for Identity During and After World War I"

Lynne M. Getz, Appalachian State University

"An American Pioneer Family: The Wattles-Faunce-Wetherill Family and Their Commitment to Women's Education"

Jill M. Nussel, University of Toledo

"From Stew Pot to Melting Pot: An Examination of Women's Immigration Through Cookbooks, 1865-1919"

Dana E. Weiner, Northwestern University

"Racial Radicals, Principles Enacted: The Struggle Against Inequality, Prejudice, and Slavery, 1830-1861"


Carol Corbin, University College of Cape Breton

"The Taigu Mission After 1904"

Yvonne Fuentes, Louisiana State University

"Theatre of Ideas: The French Revolution in Spain"

Connie Heckert, Augustana College (free-lance writer)

"Biography of Charles Martin Hall for Children Tentative Title: Look Who's Cooking in the Woodshed! It's Charles Martin Hall"


Michael Les Benedict, The Ohio State University

"The Constitutional Politics of Reconstruction, 1869-1895"


Jonathan Benda, Syracuse University

"Politics and Language Teaching in Martial-Law Taiwan: The Cultural Rhetorics of Rhetorical Education at Tunghai University, 1955-1980"

Gregory Bond, University of Wisconsin—Madison

"Jim Crow at Play: Race, Manliness, and the Segregation of American Sports, 1876-1916"

Silvério Samuel, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Braga, Portugal

"The Political Philosophy of Eduardo Mondlane '54"

Stephen Vincent, University of Wisconsin—Whitewater

"Oberlin, the Ohio Antislavery Movement, and Educational Opportunities for Ohio's Free Black Community"


Kevin B. Sheets, State University of New York—Cortland

"Taking Notes: The Organization of Knowledge and the Life of the Mind in the Nineteenth Century Oberlin Classroom"


Timothy P. McCarthy, Harvard University

"Papers, Pamphlets, and Petitions: American Abolitionism and the culture of Dissent"

Heather A. Williams, Yale University

"Self-Taught: The Role of African Americans in Educating the Freedpeople, 1861-1871"


Nikki Brown '93, Yale University

"The Oberlinian Origins of the National Association of Colored Women"

Michael Simoncelli, The College of William and Mary

"Becoming Northern: The Clash of Regional Cultures and the Creation of a Northern Identity in Ohio, 1770-1877"

Why is Oberlin different in that which is peculiar?


Stacey Robertson, Bradley University

"Women Abolitionists in the West: Race, Gender, and Politics"

Six of the women abolitionists in the West began their anti-slavery careers while studying at Oberlin.

Jonathan Zimmerman, New York University

"Storm Over the Schoolhouse: Popular Curriculum Wars in America, 1880-Present"

Zimmerman seeks to prove that citizen demands upon public schools began before the case Brown v. Board of Education. His project led him to study activism in Oberlin's School District between 1880 and 1950s.


Doris Malkmus, University of Iowa

"Women's Higher Education in the Antebellum Midwest: Origins of Coeducation"

She examined the files of Oberlin graduates who became teachers in Midwestern seminaries and colleges to determine their acceptance of coeducation.

Kenneth Wheeler, The Ohio State University

"The Development of an American Region: The College and Reform in the Old Northwest, 1825-1860"

Among other issues, how did Oberlin College's founding manifest itself in the way regional characteristics (culture) develop in the Old Northwest?


Clifford Putney, Emerson College

"The Gulicks: A Missionary Family, 1827-1963"

Frances, Helen, Sidney, and Luther Gulick were connected with Oberlin.


Ruth Alperson '70, New York University

"Inda Howland at Oberlin College: The Application of Dalcroze Eurhythmics to Performance"

Leslie Dunlap, Northwestern University

"Protecting the Home, Enforcing Domesticity: Women's Turn to the State in Racial and Regional Perspective, 1873-1933"

She was primarily interested in Oberlinians who were involved in temperance crusades, and social reform.

Josephine Fowler, University of Minnesota

"Postgraduate Lives of Oberlin College Women of the Progressive Era"

Douglas Slaybaugh, University of Vermont

"The Influence of their Experience at Oberlin College (Class of 1912) on Laurence Howland MacDaniels (1888-1986) and Frances Cochran MacDaniels (1891-1986)"

This dual biography of the couple (both attended Oberlin High School) focussed on their lives in public service.


Amy DeRogatis '87, University of North Carolina

"Moral Geography: The Plan of Union Mission to the Western Reserve, 1801-1837"

Oberlin was Congregational, and, thus, it was committed to this Plan of Union in the Western Reserve.

Michael Mangin, University of California, San Diego

"Abolitionists Beware: The Politics of Racial Exclusion in Antebellum Ohio"

Oberlin is one of three communities focused on by Mangin.

Scott Martin, Bowling Green State University

"Women, Gender, and Temperance in the Early National United States, 1789-1860"

Reviewed Oberlin's early commitment to temperance, from the 1840s.


Robert Abzug, University of Texas, Austin

"Rollo May: A Spiritual Odyssey"

May is a 1930 Oberlin College graduate.

Barbara Christen, City University of New York

"Cass Gilbert's Grand Vision of the American Campus, 1899-1915"

Li Li, University of North Carolina

"American Missionary Response to Chinese Nationalism"

The researcher looked at the papers of Oberlin graduates, who had taught in China or served as Shansi representatives.

Catherine Rokicky, Kent State University

"Biography of James Monroe (1821-1898)"

Monroe was an Oberlin graduate and professor as well as political leader who represented Oberlin in the state house and the U.S. Congress.


Detine Bowers, Purdue University

Dissertation: "A Strange Speech of an Estranged People: The Theory and Practice of Antebellum African-American Freedom Day Orations"

The Author examined August 1 celebrations held in Oberlin and NE Ohio.

Mary Ann Dzuback, Washington University of St. Louis

"The Professional Construction of Knowledge: Women Scholars and the University, 1890-1940"

A biography of Oberlin's John Maynard Hutchins was her first book.

Kevin Grace, University of Cincinnati

"The Temperance Movement and Ohio Brewers Before Prohibition: Stance and Conflict"

The author drew on the records of the Anti-Saloon League and others

Allen Guelzo, Eastern College

"Freedom of the Will: The Problem and Its People in American Thought, 1850-1950"

Charles G. Finney was his focus, along with Jonathan Edwards.

Laura Mitchell-Loretan, Yale University

"The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850: The Bible, Constitution, and the Individual Conscience"

Abolitionism and Oberlin's relationship to the movement.

Lorine Potts-Dupre, University of Maryland

"The Founding of Yale University, the University of Georgia, and Oberlin College: Case Studies of the Evolution of Lay Governance in American Colleges and Universities"

Why is Oberlin different?


Laura Graham, University of Rochester

"The Education of the Body: The Origins of a Middle-Class Work Ethic"

Learning & Labor, a Manual Labor System

Christopher Losson, University of Mississippi

"Jacob Dolson Cox: The Civil War and Reconstruction Years"

Penny Russell, University of Virginia

"‘Bound By the Ties of Race and Sex': Mary Church Terrell, the First Fifty-Seven Years (1863-1920)"

An African-American Oberlin graduate, class of 1884

John Mark Tucker, Purdue University

"Azariah Smith Root and the American College Library, a revision of "Librarianship as a Community Service: Azariah Smith Root at Oberlin College" Ph.D. dissertation, University of Illinois


Timothy Lundy, University of South Carolina

"George Herbert Mead"

Lundy explores how Mead, an Oberlin graduate of 1883, was influenced by his Oberlin experience.

William Morison, University of Louisville

"G. Frederick Wright as Oberlin Professor"

George Frederick Wright, class of 1859 and Oberlin Professor of Harmony of Science and Religion, served as the editor of the 1916 Lorain County History.

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