Tania Boster

  • Arts & Sciences Director of Experiential Learning
  • Executive Director, Bonner Center
  • Assistant Professor, History

Areas of Study



  • PhD in history, University of Pittsburgh, 2008


Tania Boster directs experiential learning curricular initiatives at Oberlin, fostering the alignment of co-curricular programs and offices with the college’s academic priorities and institutional learning goals. She specializes in  community-based learning and research (CBL/R), supporting transdisciplinary research and pedagogy with students, faculty, and community partners through local, national, and global collaborations.

She teaches courses in the Department of History, First-Year Seminar Program, and StudiOC, helping students develop capacities and skills that prepare them to engage ethically and meaningfully in the world through place-based pedagogy and humanistic methods grounded in the discipline of history.

She earned a PhD in history at the University of Pittsburgh.

Spring 2022

Senior Project — ACHS 300

Fall 2022

Know Your Place: Civic Humanism and Community Engagement — FYSP 114


Tania Boster Contributes Book Chapter

September 26, 2019

Executive Director of Integrative & Experiential Learning Tania Boster contributed a chapter, “From Pansophia to Public Humanities: Connecting Past and Present Through Community-Based Learning,” to the edited volume Teaching Social Justice Through Shakespeare: Why Renaissance Literature Matters Now, Edited by Hillary Eklund, Wendy Beth Hyman, Edinburgh University Press.

Tania Boster Presents

October 16, 2018

Tania Boster, director of the Bonner Center's curricular initiatives, presented on transnational partnerships for community-based learning and research at the Association of American Colleges & Universities' (AAC&U) October 2018 Global Engagement and Spaces of Practice conference in Seattle.

Tania Boster Gives Talk

June 27, 2018

Tania Boster, associate director of the Bonner Center, gave a talk with Chryssa Zachou, head of the Department of Sociology at Deree College-the American College of Greece, about Community-Based Oral History Research and Global Course Connections. The talk held at Deree College in Athens, Greece was part of the Great Lakes Colleges Association's Oral History in the Liberal Arts initiative and the Global Liberal Arts Alliance Global Course Connections program.

Tania Boster Presents

February 16, 2018

Tania Boster presented on “Rethinking Women in Poverty” at the University of Akron Women’s Studies Program’s Rethinking Gender Speaker Series.

Tania Boster Gives Invited Lectures

November 14, 2017

Tania Boster, director of Bonner Center Curricular Initiatives, gave a series of invited lectures between October 24-28, 2017, on the topic "Collaborative Teaching and Learning in the Liberal Arts: Experiences in Service-Learning curriculum design" at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Boster has been partnering with Constance Chan from the Office of Service Learning at Lingnan through the Global Liberal Arts Alliance (GLAA) Connected Course program.