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


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.

Christensen Named Guggenheim Fellow

April 24, 2018

Associate Professor of Integrated Media Christensen is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores systems of technology, consumerism, landscape, and obsolescence.


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

  • Steven Volk Writes Op-ed

    June 20, 2018

    Steven Volk, emeritus professor of history, wrote an op-ed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer challenging the recent immigration raids in Northeast Ohio as contrary to both U.S. values and the national interest.

  • Anne Salsich Presents

    June 19, 2018

    Associate Archivist Anne Salsich was invited to participate on the panel "Migration and Sanctuary Histories: Redrawing Lines in Troubled Times” at the April 2018 National Conference on Public History's annual meeting in Las Vegas. Her talk titled “Sanctuary Communities: Answering to a Higher Law" drew on the Archives' work on the Oberlin Sanctuary Project, a virtual exhibit on their website, and reported on Oberlin's participation in the Courage and Compassion traveling exhibit in the Baron Gallery in spring 2018. Salsich was joined by co-panelists from University of California Santa Barbara and University of California Riverside.

Faculty Scholarship

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