In Their Words

Professor of Comparative American Studies Gina Perez, the author of Citizen, Student, Soldier: Latina/o Youth, JROTC, and the American Dream and a recipient of Oberlin’s Excellence in Teaching Award, discusses in an editorial why she believes there is such an urgent need for immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship.

With comprehensive immigration reform, we wouldn’t need sanctuary cities or zero tolerance policies at the border. Nor would we be in the embarrassing position of violating international law by separating children from their families or attempting to deny people their right to petition for asylum. Instead we could have a workable framework dealing with the reality of immigration that would foster sensible policies and would allow people to live and work without the fear of being separated from the ones they love.
Gina Perez, professor of comparative American studies Source: Morning Journal


Students performing Angel in America.

Matthew Wright Brings Angels to Life

May 14, 2017

Producing the play "Angels in America" has long been an ambition of Professor of Theater Matthew Wright. His national credits include productions at the La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Clarence Brown Company, Studio Arena Theatre of Buffalo, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Florida Stage and New Theatre.

Michael Moore looking through files.

Reborn Herbarium is a Boon to Biodiversity

July 19, 2018

Professor of Biology Michael Moore has been collecting plant species from all over North America and up until recently, he’s preserved and stored these species with the intent of donating them to nearby museums.


Learning from Environmental Success

June 6, 2018

Matthew Elrod

Professor Matthew Elrod shares his thoughts on the accomplishments made in the fight against air pollution and his hope that these achievements will encourage people to support policies that will protect this environmental success story and potential applications to other eco-problems.


Understanding the Real-World Implications of Studying Economics

May 18, 2018

Professor of Economics John Duca joined the college’s faculty his spring to teach advanced macroeconomics, money and banking, and intermediate macroeconomics. From 1991 to 2017, he worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, where he last served as the associate director of research and vice president, supervising research in macroeconomics and finance. From1986 to 1991, he was at the Federal Reserve Board where he briefed former chair Paul Volcker and former chair Alan Greenspan.

33 Questions with the Professor

Robert S. Danforth Professor of Biology Yolanda Cruz

Professor Cruz’s current research interests are marsupial reproduction and development. The research projects currently under way in her lab concern cell lineage analysis in marsupial embryos, sperm pairing in New World marsupials, and embryo-maternal signaling in marsupial embryonic development.

Faculty and Staff Notes

  • Meredith Gadsby among authors, poets, and scholars celebrating Toni Morrison in ‘Bluest Eye’ reading

    September 18, 2020

    Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Comparative American Studies Meredith Gadsby joins scholars from around the country as well as authors Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tayari Jones, Edwidge Danticat, and U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo to celebrate Toni Morrison as Cornell University’s College of Arts & Sciences hosts a livestreamed reading of her first novel, “The Bluest Eye.”

    The Oct. 8 livestream will include more than 80 other readers in a full reading of the novel on the 50th anniversary of its publication. Participants will also hear portions of the book read in French, Spanish, Portuguese and German. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will be livestreamed on eCornell, as well as on Facebook. The public can register to attend “The Bluest Eye” event, and people are encouraged to listen to the entire reading or join in at any point during the day.

    For more information on all of the Cornell Celebrates Toni Morrison events, visit the Arts Unplugged website


  • Chie Sakakibara publishes book on Iñupiaq community and climate change

    September 18, 2020

    Chie Sakakibara, assistant professor of environmental studies and East Asian studies, has published the book Whale Snow: Iñupiat, Climate Change, and Multispecies Resilience in Arctic Alaska (First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies) from the University of Arizona Press.

    Whale Snow explores how Arctic climate change influences Indigenous society, and reflects upon Sakakibara’s ongoing collaborative endeavor with the Iñupiaq community of northern Alaska for nearly two decades. Sakakibara’s research and writing have been inspired and enabled by her collaboration and conversations with many Indigenous community partners, colleagues and students at Oberlin College & Conservatory as well as the support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Arctic Social Sciences Program, the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium, the Earth Institute and the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University, in addition to Oberlin College Dean’s Office, Grants Office, Bonner Center, and Environmental Studies.    

    As a mythical creature, the whale has been responsible for many transformations in the world. It is an enchanting being that humans have long felt a connection to. In the contemporary environmental imagination, whales are charismatic megafauna feeding our environmentalism and aspirations for a better and more sustainable future.

    Using multispecies ethnography, Whale Snow explores how everyday the relatedness of the Iñupiat of Arctic Alaska and the bowhead whale forms and transforms “the human” through their encounters with modernity. Whale Snow shows how the people live in the world that intersects with other beings, how these connections came into being, and, most importantly, how such intimate and intense relations help humans survive the social challenges incurred by climate change. In this time of ecological transition, exploring multispecies relatedness is crucial as it keeps social capacities to adapt relational, elastic, and resilient.

    In the Arctic, climate, culture, and human resilience are connected through bowhead whaling. In Whale Snow we see how climate change disrupts this ancient practice and, in the process, affects a vital expression of Indigenous sovereignty. Ultimately, though, this book offers a story of hope grounded in multispecies resilience.

    All royalties from the sale of this book will go directly to the North Slope Borough Iñupiat History, Language and Culture Commission.

  • Andrew Macomber publishes book on Buddhist healing

    September 18, 2020

    Andrew Macomber published a book, Buddhist Healing in Medieval China and Japan, with co-editor C. Pierce Salguero (University of Hawai'i Press, August 2020). He also contributes a chapter to the volume, "Ritualizing Moxibustion in the Early Medieval Tendai-Jimon Lineage," which examines how Buddhists sought to treat "corpse-vector disease," a mysterious illness that began afflicting aristocrats and emperors in the late twelfth century, through a combination of ritual therapeutics and Chinese medicine.

Faculty Scholarship

Learn about recent publications, performances, and other works by the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences and Oberlin Conservatory.