• Chair of History and Professor of History, Africana Studies, and Comparative American Studies
  • Affiliate of the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Institute


  • Bachelor of Arts, Yale University, 1990
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 1996


Renee Romano specializes in modern American history, with research interests in the racial politics of the post-WWII United States, African American history, civil rights, and historical memory. She is the author or editor of four books: Race Mixing: Black-White Marriage in Postwar America (Harvard University Press, 2003); The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory (University of Georgia Press, 2006); Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History that Talks Back (University of Georgia Press, 2012); and Racial Reckoning: Prosecuting America's Civil Rights Murders (Harvard University Press, 2014). With Claire Potter (The New School), she co-edits the book series, Since 1970: Histories of Contemporary America at the University of Georgia Press. 

Professor Romano teaches courses on a wide range of subjects, including the United States in World War II, American historical memory, race and sexuality, the history of whiteness, U.S. foreign policy, civil rights, and race and the environment. She has also served as a historical advisor for the Kent State May 4th Walking Tour and Visitor's Center, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and Radio Diaries. She has received state grants to run workshops on teaching civil rights history for secondary school teachers and currently serves as an Oberlin campus mentor for the Posse Leadership Program.

Faculty Notes

  • Renee Romano Appointed as Distinguished Lecturer

    February 1, 2017

    Renee Romano, Robert S. Danforth professor of history and professor of comparative American studies and Africana studies, has been appointed a distinguished lecturer by the Organization of American Historians (OAH). The OAH distinguished lecturer program operates as a speakers bureau dedicated to American history.

  • Renee Romano Interviewed on NPR

    February 22, 2016

    Renee Romano, professor of history, comparative American studies, and Africana studies, was featured in an interview on the National Public Radio program The Takeaway on Monday, February 22. In the interview, Romano discussed ongoing battles over how the past should be remembered and what should be done with memorials and monuments to controversial figures such as Woodrow Wilson and Robert E. Lee. Visit this webpage to listen to the interview.

  • Renee Romano Gives Lecture

    October 22, 2015

    Renee Romano, professor and chair of history and professor of comparative American studies and Africana studies, delivered the 14th Annual American Studies Lecture at the University of Leicester in Leicester, England, on October 19. The title of her lecture was “‘The Great Force of History’: Collective Memory, White Innocence, and Making Black Lives Matter."

  • Renee Romano Gives Plenary Address

    July 9, 2015

    Renee Romano, professor of history, comparative American studies, and Africana studies, gave the opening plenary address at the Southern Association of Women Historians Conference, which was held in Charleston, South Carolina, in June. Her address, “The Limits of Commemoration: Civil Rights Memory and the Enduring Challenge of Innocence,” explored the seeming disjuncture between the extensive commemoration of the civil rights movement and our contemporary moment of pervasive inequality and racial violence.


Holly Hoang Awarded Fulbright ETA in South Korea

June 15, 2017
Holly Hoang, a history major from Ellicott City, Maryland, has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in South Korea. Hoang will be living and working in the country from July 2017 to...