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

  • Joshua Sperling Published in Aeon

    December 5, 2019

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and Creative Writing  Joshua Sperling's essay about John Berger was published in Aeon.

  • Sibbi Bernhardsson Appointed Artistic Director of Iceland Music Festival

    December 3, 2019

    Oberlin violin professor Sibbi Bernhardsson has been appointed artistic director of the Harpa International Music Academy (HIMA). Found in 2013 in Reykjavik, Iceland, the 11-day festival is held in the award-winning Harpa concert hall and conference center.

    The academy conducts two simultaneous programs in violin, viola, and cello—a junior division for string students ages 7 to 12 and a senior division for emerging young artists ages 13 to 22. In both divisions, students receive daily lessons, participate in chamber music rehearsals and coachings, attend and perform in master classes, have access to workshops on professional and career development, and are given performance opportunities. While most of the students come from Iceland, HIMA also draws participants from Europe, Asia, and the Americas every year.

    “My goal is to help enrich the vibrant musical life and training of young musicians in my native Iceland as well as continue HIMA’s mission of connecting the country to the international musical world,” says Bernhardsson.

    The 2020 festival runs from June 9-20.

  • Holly Handman-Lopez Co-Creates Visual Reality Dance Experiment

    December 2, 2019

    Holly Handman-Lopez joined the Labodanse research team to help craft the second phase of a visual reality/dance experiment initially conducted at the Tate Modern. Handman-Lopez was one of two choreographer/dancers on the project and worked with the team at the National Scientific Research Center in Paris, France.

Faculty Scholarship

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