OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Renee Romano

Portrait of Renee Romano
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Renee Romano is the Robert S. Danforth Professor of History and a professor of comparative American studies and Africana studies at Oberlin College, where she teaches and writes about race in the post–World War II United States, the black freedom struggle, and historical memory. She is the author of Racial Reckoning: Reopening America's Civil Rights Trials (2014) and Race Mixing: Black-White Marriage in Postwar America (2003), as well as a coeditor, with Claire Potter, of Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America's Past (2018) and Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History that Talks Back (2012) and, with Leigh Raiford, of The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory (2006). Romano has also served as a scholarly consultant for Kent State University's May 4th Walking Tour and Visitor's Center, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and Radio Diaries. She is the Oberlin project director of the Go For Broke Foundation's "Communities of Compassion" project about communities that stood against the discriminatory treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

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