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Meet Sarah Frohardt-Lane

  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • B.A., Swarthmore College

I teach a variety of courses in United States history and global environmental history. I got interested in history when I realized that people could have different interpretations about historical developments and that those varying interpretations could shape how we view ourselves and our relation to one another. I decided I wanted to be a history professor before I headed off to a liberal arts college, and then got interested in other pursuits, including anti-poverty work and being a park ranger. When I figured out that I could combine these interests in the study of US history, I decided I wanted to go into history after all. I’m thrilled to be working at Ripon, as part of a wonderful college community, teaching history and environmental studies. One of my favorite aspects of teaching at Ripon is when I get to know students over multiple courses during their college experience. My research interests combine my background in race and environmental history in 20th century U.S. history, and I’m currently examining the history of lead poisoning from drinking water. Some of the courses I teach include U.S. History 1815-1914, U.S. History 1914-Present, United States Environmental History, Prisons and Punishment in American History, The Civil Rights Movement, Natural Disasters in World History, and World War II Home Fronts.




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Sarah Frohardt-Lane

Sarah Frohardt-Lane publishes article about movement to desegregate buses

Sarah Frohardt-Lane, associate professor of history and director of the Environmental Studies Program, had an article, “Desegregating Birmingham’s Buses: African Americans’ Protracted Struggle and White […]

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COVID-19 provides experiential learning for ‘History of Natural Disasters’ class

It’s experiential learning at its finest. Students in the History of Natural Disasters (HIS 385/ENV 385) class have found themselves in the midst of a […]

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Sarah Frohardt-Lane has chapter in new book

Sarah Frohardt-Lane, assistant professor of history and director of environmental studies, has a chapter in an edited volume of environmental histories of World War II. […]