Renee Romano

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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  • The Great Force of History: Collective Memory, White Innocence, and Making Black Lives Matter
  • Hamilton: A New American Civic Myth?
  • Racial Reckoning: Prosecuting America's Civil Rights Murders
  • Mobilizing Memory: How to Remember the Civil Rights Movement and Why it Matters


"The Great Force of History”: White Innocence, Historical Justice, and Making Black Lives Matter

Presented at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, in November 2017. Courtesy the university.

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