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

  • Mike Moore featured in 'In Defense of Plants' podcast

    January 8, 2021

    Professor of Biology Mike Moore was featured in the most recent episode of the "In Defense of Plants" podcast. He discussed his lab's ongoing collaborative research into understanding plant life on unusual soils.

  • Kirk Ormand receives award from Lambda Classical Caucus of the Society for Classical Studies

    January 8, 2021

    Professor of Classics Kirk Ormand has been awarded the Paul Rehak Prize by the Lambda Classical Caucus of the Society for Classical Studies. The award is given each year to an outstanding article from the past three years "relating to the LCC's mission, including, but not limited to, homosocial and homoerotic relationships and environments, ancient sexuality and gender roles, and representation of the gendered body."

    Ormand received the prize for his essay, "Atalanta and Sappho: Women in and out of Time," in Narratives of Time and Gender in Antiquity, edited by Esther Eidenow and Lisa Maurizio (2020).

  • Megan Kaes Long publishes article in Journal for Music Theory

    January 6, 2021

    Associate Professor of Music Theory Megan Kaes Long published an article, "What do Signatures Signify? The Curious Case of Seventeenth-Century English Key," in the most recent issue of the Journal for Music Theory. The article traces how key signatures transformed from a feature of notation to an aspect of music theory in seventeenth-century England.

Faculty Scholarship

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