In its more than 60 semesters, the Oberlin in London program has covered a multitude of topics from the perspectives of a wide range of disciplines including politics, history, mathematics, anthropology, biology, musicology, environmental studies, and, of course, English.

Previous Programs and Faculty

Spring 2019

Amy Margaris, Anthropology
Zeb Page, Geology

  • Geoarcheology: Sourcing the Past (Margaris and Page)
  • Collecting Colonialism (Margaris)
  • Stories from Stone: A British History of Our Planet (Page)
  • A History of London (Layton-Jones)
  • The London Stage (Vinter)

Spring 2018

Janet Fiskio, Environmental Studies
T. S. McMillin, English

  • Nature, Culture, London: In, Around, Below, Above, Before, & After the City (Fiskio and McMillin)
  • Words Written on Water (McMillin)
  • Landscapes of Resistance (Fiskio)
  • A History of London (Layton-Jones)
  • The London Stage (Vinter)

Spring 2017

Maureen Peters, Biology
Drew Wilburn, Classics

  • The History of Medicine (Peters and Wilburn)
  • The Biology of Cancer (Peters)
  • Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion from Stonehenge to Harry Potter (Wilburn)
  • A History of London (Layton-Jones)
  • The London Stage (Vinter)

Spring 2016

Anu Needham, English
Steve Volk, History

  • London, England, Britain: National Identities and Their Discontents (Needham and Volk)
  • Contemporary British Multicultural Fiction (Needham)
  • Museum Narratives (Volk)
  • A History of London (Layton-Jones)
  • The London Stage (Vinter)

Spring 2015

Gina Pérez, Comparative American Studies
Baron Pineda, Anthropology

  • London: The Global City (Pérez and Pineda)
  • Immigrant London (Pérez)
  • Culture Clash: Ethnographic Case Studies in Race, Class, Gender, and Religion in Contemporary Great Britain (Pineda)
  • A History of London (Layton-Jones)
  • The London Stage (Vinter)

Spring 2014

Nicholas Jones, English
Roger Laushman, Biology

  • Nature and Culture: Romanticism, Evolution, and Ecology in the British Imperial Age (Jones and Laushman)
  • Nature Perspectives: From the Linnaean Revolution to DNA (Laushman)
  • The Poem in the Museum (Jones)
  • A History of London (Layton-Jones)
  • The London Stage (Vinter)

Spring 2013

Vejlko Vujačić, Sociology
Harlan Wilson, Politics

  • The Birth of Modern Politics: The Case of 19th-C. Britain (Vujačić and Wilson)
  • State, Nation, Empire: The English/British Case (Vujačić)
  • Twentieth-Century British Politics: Ideas and Practice (Wilson)
  • A History of London (Layton-Jones)
  • The London Stage (Vinter)

Spring 2012

Marc Blecher, Politics
David Walker, English

  • Class, Gender, Race and Politics in Britain and the U.S. (Blecher)
  • Research Workshop: Class and Politics in Britain (Blecher)
  • The London Stage (Walker)
  • Modernism in England (Walker)
  • A History of London (Layton-Jones)

Spring 2011

Jennifer Bryan, English
Charles McGuire, Musicology

  • Re-envisioning the Past: Romantic Medievalism in 19th-Century Britain
  • Forms of Desire in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
  • Soundscapes: Nostalgia, Patrimony, and Diversity in the Post-Colonial London Music Scene
  • A History of London (Layton-Jones)
  • The London Stage (Vinter)

Spring 2010

Meredith Gadsby, African-American Studies
Baron Pineda, Anthropology

  • Sugar and Salt: Commodities, Culture and Exchange in the Afro-Atlantic World
  • Cultural Clash in Multiethnic Europe: Anthropological Case Studies in Race, Cultural Politics, and Human Rights
  • Improper English: Race, Culture, and Identity in Anti-colonial British Literature
  • A History of London (Bowers-Isaacson)
  • The London Stage (Vinter)

Fall 2009

Jan Thornton, Neuroscience, with Grinnell College faculty

  • Brain, Mind and Madness
  • Emotion and Behavior
  • The Black Atlantic: Black Culture in Britain and America
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • A History of London
  • Principles of Ethno-National Conflicts & Their Management
  • British Theater in Performance
  • Modern Irish Literature in Place
  • British Families and the Welfare State
  • London Internship Seminar

Spring 2009

Anu Needham, English
Steve Volk, History

  • Colonialism’s Impact on the Shaping of English National Identity
  • The Place of "Islam" in British Discourses of Multiculturalism and Immigrant Identity
  • Museums and the Shaping of Knowledge
  • A History of London
  • The London Stage

Fall 2008

Stephen Crowley, Politics, with Grinnell College faculty

  • Globalization: The View from London
  • The UK and the EU
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Principles of Ethno-National Conflicts & Their Management
  • British Theater in Performance
  • Modern Irish Literature in Place
  • A History of London
  • Urban Ethnographic Research
  • Museum in Contemporary Society
  • Semiotic City: Learning London

Spring 2008

Steve Mayer, Psychology
David Orr, Environmental Studies

  • The Psychology of Environmental Sustainability and Collapse
  • Social Psychological Issues Raised in Theater and Art
  • Ecological Design
  • A History of London

Fall 2007

Scott McMillin, English, with Grinnell College faculty

  • Organizing Nature in British Culture
  • Travel, Writing and English Traits
  • Poetry, Place, Ecocriticism
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Principles of Ethno-National Conflicts & Their Management
  • British Theater in Performance
  • Modern Irish Literature in Place
  • A History of London
  • London Internship and Seminar
  • Physics in the Arts
  • Bridges, Towers and Skyscrapers
  • Doing Good: NGOs as Organizations, as Workplaces, and as Actors

Spring 2007

Ana Cara, Spanish
Pat Mathews, Art History

  • Documenting Ethnic London (Cara)
  • Ethnic Arts and Artists in London (Cara and Mathews)
  • Trends in Postwar British Art (Mathews)
  • A History of London (Bowers-Isaacson)

Fall 2006

John Olmsted, English, with Grinnell College faculty

  • Modernism and British Literature
  • Romantic London
  • Genetics, Society, and Ethics
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Principles of Ethno-National Conflicts & Their Management
  • British Theater in Performance
  • Modern Irish Literature in Place
  • A History of London
  • London Internship Seminar
  • From Thatcher to Blair: Recent Economic Policy in Britain
  • London in the Global Economy
  • Romantic London
  • Modernism and British Literature 1914-1939

Spring 2005

Chris Howell, Politics
Steven Wojtal, Geology

  • Producing Power: The Science and Politics of Energy Policy in Britain (Howell and Wojtal)
  • New Labour in Power (Howell)
  • Climate, Climate Change and the Impact of Climate Change on Great Britain (Wojtal)

Fall 2004

Carol Lasser, History
Katherine Linehan, English

  • Emerging Feminisms in British Literature and History, 1790-1930 (Lasser and Linehan)
  • American Reformers in Britain: Race, Gender, Poverty and Sexuality (Lasser)
  • The London Stage (Linehan)

Spring 2004

Richard Salter, Computer Science
Robin Treichel, Biology

  • The Language of Life: The Genetic Code (Salter and Treichel)
  • Breaking The Code: The Collision of Computing and Cryptology in Wartime Britain That Led To The Modern Digital Computer (Salter)
  • Mad Cows and Englishmen (Treichel)

Fall 2003

Marc Blecher, Politics
David Walker, English

  • Class, Gender, Race and Politics in Britain and the U.S. (Blecher)
  • Research Workshop: Class and Politics in Britain (Blecher)
  • The London Stage (Walker)
  • Modernism in England (Walker)

Spring 2003

Michael Henle, Mathematics
Andrew Shanken, Art

  • Art and Mathematics (Henle and Shanken)
  • British Architecture and Urbanism (Shanken)
  • From Logic to Persuasion to Propaganda (Henle)

Fall 2002

Phyllis Gorfain, English
Bruce Richards, Physics

  • It's About Time: Time in Literature and Physics (Gorfain and Richards)
  • Acting Up: Theatre in London (Gorfain)
  • Making Waves: Light and Sound in Performance Spaces (Richards)

Spring 2002

Stephan Mayer, Psychology
David Orr, Environmental Studies

  • Environmental Problems and Human Behavior (Orr and Mayer)
  • Social Psychological Issues Raised in Theater and Art (Mayer)
  • Land and Food: Sustainable Agriculture in Britain (Orr)

Fall 2001

Sonia Kruks, Politics
Jeffrey Pence, English

  • Culture and Politics in Post-War Britain (Kruks and Pence)
  • Political Thought Since the English Civil War: From Absolutist Monarchy to the Welfare State (1600s-1945) (Kruks)
  • British Theater (Pence)

Spring 2001

Ronald Kahn, Politics
David Miller, Biology

  • Environmental Movements in Great Britain (Kahn and Miller)
  • British Constitutional Law and Individual Rights (Kahn)
  • Gardens and Environments in Britain (Miller)

Fall 2000

Robert Longsworth, English
Grover Zinn, Religion

  • Studies in Religion and Literature in English and Culture (Longsworth and Zinn)
  • London in Literature (Longsworth)
  • Sacred Places, Spaces, and Actions: Religious Life in London and Southern England From the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century (Zinn)

Spring 2000

Roger Copeland, Theater
Harlan Wilson, Politics

  • Theatre and Politics in Great Britain: 1956 to the Present (Copeland and Wilson)
  • British Political Thought (Wilson)
  • Theater Criticism: Theory and Practice (Copeland)

Fall 1999

Anuradha Dingwaney Needham, English
Steven Volk, History

  • Making, Unmaking, and Remaking National Identity: Britain and its Colonial Peripheries (Needham and Volk)
  • (Re-) Mapping Englishness: Literatures by/on Migrants in the Imperial Metropole (Needham)
  • Museums and the Shaping of Knowledge (Volk)

Spring 1999

Carol Lasser, History
James Millette, African American Studies

  • Constructs of Race in Britain and America, 1838-1914 (Lasser and Millette)
  • British Policy in the Caribbean, 1919-1945 (Millette)
  • American Reformers in Britain: Exile, Experience and Impact (Lasser)

Fall 1998

Nicholas Jones, English
Randolph Coleman, Composition and Music Theory

  • Culture and Imperialism (Coleman and Jones)
  • British Theater (Jones)
  • Postmodernism: Issues and Practices (Coleman)

Spring 1998

David Walker, English
Marc Blecher, Politics

  • Class, Gender, Race and Politics: The British and US Cases (Blecher)
  • Research Workshop: Politics and Society in Britain (Blecher)
  • The London Stage (Walker)
  • Modernism in England (Walker)

Fall 1997

Scott McMillin, English
Robert Geitz, Computer Science

  • Orders of Nature in Britain (Geitz and McMillin)
  • Hypertext (Geitz)
  • London Theater (McMillin)

Spring 1997

Chris Howell, Politics
Albert Matlin, Chemistry

  • Producing Power: The Science and Politics of Energy in Postwar Britain (Howell and Matlin)
  • From Alchemy to Chemistry: The Chemical Revolution in Britain (Matlin)
  • Responses to Decline: Contemporary British Politics (Howell)
  • Fall 1996

Katherine Linehan, English
Thomas Linehan, English
Ronald Casson, Anthropology

  • Literary and Ethnographic Approaches to Contemporary London (Casson and Ms. Linehan)
  • The London Stage (Mr. Linehan)
  • Language in British Culture and Society (Casson)

Spring 1996

Luis Fernandez, Economics
Karen Sutton, Psychology

  • The British National Health Care System (Fernandez and Sutton)
  • The Psychology of Women: A Post-Modern Perspective on Sex and Gender (Sutton)
  • International Financial Markets (Fernandez)

Fall 1995

Dewey Ganzel, English
Michael Henle, Mathematics

  • The Two Cultures in Great Britain (Ganzel and Henle)
  • The London Theater (Ganzel)
  • The Mathematics of Design (Henle)

Spring 1995

Jane Armitage, Theater
Richard Anderson, Singing

  • A Comparative Study of British and American Performance Techniques (Armitage & Anderson)
  • Interculturalism and British Theater, Opera, and Dance (Armitage & Anderson)

Fall 1994

Anuradha Needham, English
Steven Volk, History

  • The British Impact on Nation and Colonialism: 19th and 20th Centuries (Needham & Volk)
  • Anti-Slavery in Britain and the End of the British Slave Trave (Volk)
  • Literature of/on Immigrants from the Caribbean and the Indian Subcontinent (Needham)

Spring 1994

F. Stephan Mayer, Psychology
Clovis White, Sociology

  • Prejudice and Discrimination in Great Britain (Mayer & White)
  • Intelligence: Controversies and Issues (Mayer)
  • Britain's Black Community (White)

Fall 1993

Ana Cara, Spanish
William Patrick Day, English

  • Tourism (Cara & Day)
  • London Theater (Day)
  • The Folklore of Ethnic Communities in London (Cara)

Spring 1993

Marc Blecher, Politics
David Walker, English

  • Class and Politics (Blecher)
  • Politics and Society in Britain (Blecher)
  • The London Stage (Walker)
  • Modernism in England (Walker)

Fall 1992

John Pearson, Studio Art
Robert Young, Mathematics

  • Mathematics and Aesthetics: A Dialogue between the Arts (Pearson & Young)
  • Drawing: The Nature of the Abstract (Pearson)
  • Selective History of Mathematics (Young)

Spring 1992

Richard Spear, Art
David Young, English

  • Art and Literature in Seventeenth-Century England (Young & Spear)
  • Art Institutions in London (Spear)
  • The London Stage (Young)

Fall 1991

Randolph Coleman, Composition and Music Theory
Nicholas Jones, English

  • Culture and Interpretation (Jones & Coleman)
  • Shakespeare in Contemporary Interpretation (Jones)
  • Aspects of Postmodernity (Coleman)

Spring 1991

Roger Copeland, Theater
Phyllis Gorfain, English

  • Performance in Theory and Practice: The British Context (Copeland & Gorfain)
  • Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature (Gorfain)
  • History of the Modern British and European Theater (Copeland)

Fall 1990

Patricia Mathews, Art History
Gary Nelson, Electronic and Computer Music

  • Contemporary Art and Music in Britain (Mathews & Nelson)
  • Contemporary Women Artists in Britain (Mathews)
  • Electroacoustic Music in Britain (Nelson)

Spring 1990

Daniel Merrill, Philosophy
Thomas Sherman, Biology

  • Three Centuries of Science (Merrill & Sherman)
  • Environmental History of Britain (Sherman)
  • Recent British Philosophy (Merrill)

Fall 1989

John Olmsted, English
Haskell Thomson, Organ

  • A Cultural History of London (Olmsted & Thomson)
  • The London Stage (Olmsted & Thomson)
  • The Cathedral Music Tradition in England: A Look Behind the Scenes (Thomson)
  • The English Cathedral (Olmsted & Thomson)

Spring 1989

Susan Kane, Art History
Gloria White, Mathematics
L. Michael White, Religion

  • Britannia of the Caesars: Britain at the Edge of the Roman World (Kane & Mr. White)
  • Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation: Rationalism, Science, and Religion in British Tradition (White & White)
  • Taste and the Antique: The Lure of Classical Sculpture (Kane)
  • British Women of Mathematics and Science (Ms. White)

Fall 1988

Ronald Casson, Anthropology
Katherine Linehan, English
Thomas Linehan, English

  • Literary and Ethnographic Approaches to Contemporary Immigrant Culture in London (Casson & Ms. Linehan)
  • The London Stage (Mr. Linehan)
  • Language in British Culture and Society (Casson)

Spring 1988

Leonard Podis, English
Yakubu Saaka, Black Studies

  • The Legacy of Empire: The Changing Nature of the British Commonwealth (Saaka & Podis)
  • Modern Drama and the English Stage (Podis)
  • Local Government in London (Saaka)

Fall 1987

David Walker, English
Richard Kapuscinski, Cello

  • The London Stage (Walker)
  • Modernism in England (Walker)
  • The String Quartet (Kapuscinski)
  • Private Study in String Instruments (Kapuscinski)

Spring 1987

Joseph L. Snider, Physics
Bruce Pollack-Johnson, Mathematics

  • Newton and the Age of Reason (Pollack-Johnson & Snider)
  • Asking Questions of Nature (Snider)
  • Educational Philosophy and Practice in England and the United States (Pollack-Johnson)

Fall 1986

Carl A. Peterson, English
Richard E. Spear, Art

  • Literature and the Visual Arts in England, 1600-1800 (Peterson & Spear)
  • Art in London (Spear)
  • The London Stage (Peterson)

Spring 1986

Gordon E. Michalson, Religion
John Olmsted, English

  • The Victorian Religious Sensibility: Studies in Victorian Religion, Literature, Art, and Architecture (Michalson & Olmsted)
  • The London Stage (Olmsted)
  • Modern Religious Thought and the Tradition of British Empiricism (Michalson)

Fall 1985

Dewey Ganzel, English
William Moffett, History and Director of Libraries
Steven Plank, Music History

  • Change and Continuity in Early Modern England (Plank, Moffett & Ganzel)
  • Drama and the London Stage (Ganzel)
  • A History of London (Moffett)
  • Studies in Baroque Opera (Plank)

Spring 1985

David L. Anderson, Physics
Harlan Wilson, Politics
John Kane, Royal Shakespeare Company

  • The Scientific and Industrial Revolution in England, 1650-1910 (Anderson)
  • Ideology and Practice in 20th Century British Politics and British Political Thought (Wilson)
  • Dramatic Comedy: Text and Performance (Kane)

Fall 1984

Roger Copeland, Theater
Phyllis Gorfain, English

  • Performance: Theory and Practice (Copeland & Gorfain)
  • Contemporary Theater in Britain and America (Copeland)
  • Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature (Gorfain)

Spring 1984

Norman Care, Philosophy
Albert McQueen, Sociology-Anthropology

  • The Welfare State: Social, Political, and Philosophical Problems (Care & McQueen)
  • Philosophy of Art (Care)
  • Social Movements and Social Change (McQueen)

Fall 1983

Thomas Sherman, Biology
David Young, English

  • Humanity and Nature in Britain (Sherman & Young)
  • Biogeography and Natural History of Britain (Sherman)
  • Shakespeare and the London Stage (Young)