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Elise Lemire

Professor of Literature

A recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professorship, Elise Lemire’s new book, Battle Green Vietnam: The 1971 March on Concord, Lexington, and Boston, is forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press in Spring 2021. For more information, including advance praise and upcoming book talks and other book-related events, go to

Professor Lemire is also the author of Black Walden: Slavery and Its Aftermath in Concord, Massachusetts (2009; paperback 2019) and “Miscegenation”: Making Race in American (2002; paperback 2009), both supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1999–2000 and 2007–08) and published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.  

More About Me

Professor Lemire’s work was recently featured by the National Resources Defense Council and the Appalachian Mountain Club in their respective online magazines.

Black Walden Came First. Thoreau, After. | NRDC

She was also part of a PBS show about Henry David Thoreau and the black enclave in Walden Woods:

Representative Courses

  • American Women Writers
  • Literature, Race, and the Police State
  • Literature of War
  • Nineteenth-Century Novel in the US
  • US Survey I (1500-1830) and US Survey II (1830-1945)
  • The Vietnam War in US Literature and Film
  • Vermeer in the World (team-taught with art historian Jane Kromm)
Cinema Studies
  • Women and Film
Gender Studies
  • Introduction to Gender and Sexuality
  • Advanced Critical Writing


Battle Green Vietnam: The 1971 March on Concord, Lexington, and Boston. Forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press in Spring 2021.

Black Walden: Slavery and Its Aftermath in Concord, Massachusetts.  University of Pennsylvania Press, hardback 2009; paperback forthcoming in spring 2019. 

“Miscegenation:” Making Race in America.  University of Pennsylvania Press, hardback 2002; paperback, 2009.

Presentations / Conferences

Recent and upcoming:

“‘Shoot now, translate later’: Masculine Fraternity in the Canadian Contact Zone of Bon Cop, Bad Cop,” Annual Conference of the Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies, Frankfurt, Germany, May 21-24, 2020. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19.

“Traumatic Memory and Unreliable Narration in The Yellow Birds,” MLA International Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal, July 24, 2019.

“Maurice Richard, Official Bilingualism, and the Symbol of the Maple Leaf in ‘Le Chandail de Hockey,’” Maple Leaf & Eagle Conference in North American Studies, Helsinki, Finland, May 18, 2017.

“Walden, Race, and the Local History Archive,” Thoreau Across the Pond Conference, Ecole Normale Supériore de Lyon, Lyon, France, October 18-20, 2017.

“Modernity, Historical Reenactment, and American Imperialism in Asia,” Conference on Modernisms and Modernities East, West and South, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, July 19-22, 2017.

“’Listen my children and you shall hear’: The Deployment of Foundational American Narratives by Vietnam Veterans Against the War,” International Narrative Conference, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 18, 2016.