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Betsy Schlabach

Assistant Professor of History


  • History
  • African and African American Studies
  • Women's, Gender, Sexuality Studies


  • Ph.D., Saint Louis University
  • M.A., Lehigh University
  • B.A., Valparaiso University

Selected Courses

Fall 2013

Africa and African American Studies/History 368: African American History to Emancipation 
Earlham Seminar: Road Trips and American Culture

Spring 2014

Africa and African American Studies/History 369: African American History Since Emancipation
Earlham Seminar: Race, Sexuality, and US Sports History
History 362: America at Mid-Passage: The Civil War and Its Legacies    

Future Course Possibilities

Interracial America, Urban History, and History of Popular Culture.
Ford Knight Project: “The Antislavery Movement in Indiana, 1800-1850” (with Professor Tom Hamm)


Betsy Schlabach is a scholar of Black Chicago History, Urban History, Geography, Popular Culture, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Sports History/Gaming Culture, and American Studies. She is the author of Along the Streets of Bronzeville: Black Chicago’s Literary Landscape (University of Illinois Press, 2013) and is particularly interested in exploring the arts and literary history of Bronzeville as contoured by its urban history and the built environment.

As a teacher-scholar who specifically sought the opportunity to teach at a small college she says, “everyday I step into a classroom I have the opportunity not only to teach my students something new, but I too have the opportunity to learn as well. I think Earlham does a great job of facilitating that and keeping me energized.”

Professional Memberships

Organization of American Historians

Association for the Study of African American Life and History

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