Lisa Krissoff Boehm
Senior Associate Dean; Professor of History
Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington; M.A., University of Chicago; B.A., Northwestern University
Office hours: By appointment
Office: Administration Building, Room 325-C
I was thrilled to join the faculty and administration at Emmanuel College in January 2013. Before coming to Boston, I served as Interim Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Worcester State University, where I had also been Director of the Commonwealth Honors Program, Professor of Urban Studies, and Chair of the Urban Studies Department. Prior to Worcester State, I taught at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Indiana University.
My scholarship combines urban history, African American history, women's history, and the history of labor. I often employ oral history in my work and in my courses. Writing Making a Way out of No Way: African American Women and the Second Great Migration was one of the greatest joys of my career, as I got the chance to interview women across the country about their lives.
I absolutely love what I do. Take a class with me and have fun learning about the nation's past.
- HON2XXX- Gender and the American Urban Experience
- HIST2130 - African American History: 1865-Present
- HIST2128 - Immigrants in the American Experience
- HIST2205 - Women in American History
- America's Urban History (with Steven H. Corey) (New York: Taylor & Francis, forthcoming 2014).
- The American Urban Reader: History and Theory (New York: Taylor & Francis, 2010), co-edited with Steven H. Corey. Companion web-site and blog.
- Making a Way out of No Way: African American Women and the Second Great Migration Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, April 2009, paperback, kindle 2010)
- Popular Culture and the Enduring Myth of Chicago, 1871-1968 (New York: Routledge, 2004). Paperback, kindle and electronic versions, 2008.
- "Examining the American Urban Landscape," with Steven H. Corey, in Steven H. Corey and Lisa Krissoff Boehm, editors,
- "Making a Way out of No Way: African American Women and the Second Great Migration," in Steven H. Corey and Lisa Krissoff Boehm, editors, The American Urban Reader: History and Theory (New York: Taylor & Francis, 2010).
- "Chicago as Forgotten Country Music Mecca," in Chad Berry, ed., The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance, (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008). The book is a companion to the PBS Documentary of the same name.
- "Bringing the Life Stories of Women into the Classroom" in Barry Lanman and Laura Wendling, editors, Preparing the Next Generation of Oral Historians: An Anthology of Oral History Education (Lanham, MD: Alta Mira Press, 2006).
- "The Environment and Ecology of New England," in Michael Sletcher, ed., New England Regional Culture, (New York: Greenwood Press, 2004.)
Selected Journals and Other Publications:
- Guest Editor, Journal of Urban History (January 2010), special edition on teaching urban history. Steven H. Corey's piece I edited for this edition won the 2012 Gilbert Award from the American Historical Association for best article on teaching college history.
- "Adding Gender to American Urban History," and "Introduction," for The Journal of Urban History (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, January 2010).
- "Urban Activism Through a Gendered Lens," Review Essay, The Journal of Urban History (September 2006).
- "Women in the Great Depression," and "Charles Coughlin" in Encyclopedia of the Great Depression, (New York: Macmillan Press, 2004.)
- "Public Lectures," in Encyclopedia of Chicago History, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004)
- "Don't Complain, Don't Explain," The Chronicle of Higher Education, Career Network Section, April 26, 2002.
- "Lucy Russo Palermo," in Women Building Chicago, 1790-1990 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.)
- "The Fair and the Fan Dancer: A Century of Progress and Chicago's Image," Chicago History (Summer 1998).
- Book Reviews for American Historical Review, Reviews in American History, Oral History Review, Journal of American Ethnic History, Indiana Magazine of History (three), Journal of Popular Culture (two), Film and History, H-Net (H-Labor, H-Women, and H-Environment) and North East Popular Culture Association Newsletter.
Recent Scholarly Presentations:
- Presented " 'A Little Heaven Here': 1940s Detroit and the Quest for Social Justice," , Association of American Geographers, New York, New York, February 27, 2012.
- Presented, Social Science History Association, Boston, Massachusetts, Roundtable on The American Urban Reader, November 18, 2011
- Presented, "Roundtable on the Urban History Canon," Urban History Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 21, 2010.
- Presented "Oral History Across Boundaries and Barriers," Oral History Association, Atlanta, Georgia, October 28, 2010.
- Presented, "Reverend Charles A. Hill's Leftist Religious-Based Activism on Behalf of African American Women Workers in Detroit, 1940-1943," and "Teaching Urban History/Urban Studies," Reconsidering the City Conference, SUNY Fredonia, April 24, 2010.
- Presented, "African American Women, Work, and the Second Great Migration," LAWCHA Conference, Roosevelt University, May 29, 2009.
- Presented, "Teaching Urban History," at the bi-annual meeting of the Urban History Association, Houston, Texas, November 8, 2008.
- Presented, "To Transcribe or Not To Transcribe: Oral Histories with Volunteers," Oral History Association Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 2008.
- Presented "Encountering the Northeastern City: African Americans Women and the Second Great Migration, 1940-1970," North East History Association, Northeastern University, April 26, 2008.
- Presented, "Making a Way out of No Way: African American Women and the Second Great Migration," Women's Studies Program Mini-Conference, Worcester State College, April 2008.
- Presented "Teaching Urban History through the Prism of Gender," Teaching Urban History session, American Historical Association, Washington, D.C., January 2008.
- "Oral History and the Marketing of a City," presented at the Oral History Association annual meeting, Oakland, California, October 2007.
Recent Invited Talks:
- Invited Speaker, Columbia University, City Seminar and Dinner Speaker, May 1, 2012
- Invited Speaker, Humanities Scholars Collaborative, April 3, 2012.
- Invited Speaker, South High School program for college bound seniors, September 22, 2011
- The Takeaway, National Public Radio/PRI, August 12, 2011
- Interviewed by Huffington Post, August 18, 2011
- Invited Speaker, Chicago History Museum, Urban Lecture Series, April 15, 2010.
- Invited Speaker, Fitchburg State College, TAH Grant program, March 6, 2010.
- Invited Speaker, Humanities Scholars Collaborative, April 7, 2010.
- Invited Speaker, Phillips Exeter Academy, History Department, Exeter, New Hampshire, November 9, 2009.
- Keynote Address, Worcester Women's History Project, Assumption College, April 20, 2009
- Interviewed for Worcester Telegram, January 2010.
- Interviewed for the Grand Rapids Press, Sue Merrell, April 2009.
- Interviewed for Grand Valley State University Public Radio, NPR Affiliate, April 2009.
- Book Talk for Making a Way out of No Way: African American Women and the Second Great Migration, Schuler's Books, Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 7, 2009.
- Invited Speaker, Grand Rapids Historical Society and Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, April 9, 2009.
- Invited Speaker, Massachusetts History Conference (for public historians), sponsored by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, June 9, 2008, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester.
- Invited Speaker, Worcester Rising Program, a program for high school students, April 2008, "Making History: The Worcester Women's History Project."
- Invited Lecture, "Oral Histories and the Second Great Migration," Humanities Scholars Collaborative, Worcester Public Schools, March 2008.
Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
- American Antiquarian Society, support for book research on The American Urban Reader, 2009-2010.
- Oral History Grant, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library for the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, Harvard University, 2008-2009.
- Research Fellow, Baylor University, Institute for Oral History, Waco, Texas, 2007-2008
- Worcester State University Research Grants, 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2004-2005 (two grants awarded in this year), 2006-2007, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2011-2012.
- Women's Studies Program Travel Grants, Worcester State University, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010.
- Bordin/Gillette Researcher Travel Fellowship, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2000-2001.