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Elise Lemire

Professor of Literature

Elise Lemire (she/her/hers) is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professorship.  Professor Lemire’s third book, Battle Green Vietnam: The 1971 March on Concord, Lexington, and Boston, was just published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. 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 recently published several Op-Eds about Vietnam Veterans Against the War:

The National Bicentennial Erased Antiwar Activism by Vietnam Veterans | History News Network

The Night Vietnam Veterans Stormed Bunker Hill | History News Network

Vietnam veterans transformed Memorial Day weekend into a holiday about peace - The Washington Post

The Real Patriots Invaded the Nation’s Capital Fifty Years Ago | History News Network

She recorded an episode of the Academic Minute, which runs on WAMC and other NPR stations:

Elise Lemire, Purchase College – The Vietnam Veterans’ Anti-War Movement - The Academic Minute

She also sat down with Burt Cohen for an episode of his podcast Keeping Democracy Alive:

In Military Gear, Patriots Invade the Capital: 50 Years Ago - Keeping Democracy Alive

Her work on the slavery history of Concord, Massachusetts, was recently featured by Concord Days (for the Minuteman Media Network), the National Resources Defense Council, and the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Concord Days. Black Walden with Elise Lemire and Chynna Lemire. - YouTube

Black Walden Came First. Thoreau, After. | NRDC

Professor Lemire 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. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021.

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

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

Presentations / Conferences

Recent and upcoming:

Book event at the Concord Museum both in-person and on Zoom, 7 PM, August 23, 2021.  Click here to purchase a ticket: Battle Green Vietnam: The 1971 March on Concord, Lexington, and Boston | Events At Concord Museum.

Featured Speaker, “Thoreau and Vietnam Veterans Against the War,” The Thoreau Society Annual Gathering, July 10, 2021.  Click here to register: Virtual Annual Gathering 2021 - July 7, 2021 (

Invited Speaker, “Slavery in Lincoln, Massachusetts: Reckoning with Our Past, Planning for a More Honest and Inclusive Future,” Bemis Lecture in Partnership with the Lincoln Historical Society, 4 PM, June 19, 2021.  Bemis Lecture on the Slavery History of Lincoln MA by Elise Lemire - YouTube

Book talk and panel discussion at the Lexington Historical Society, 7 PM, May 27, 2021.  Lexington Vietnam Protest 50th Anniversary Event - YouTube

Book talk at the Boston Public Library, 6 PM, May 26, 2021.  Use password Ku4F?e%@ to watch a video recording of the talk here: Passcode Required - Zoom

Zoom webinar on Making Slavery History Visible in the Walkable Landscape, 4 PM, Nov 1, 2020.  A Conversation on Making Black History Visible in the Walkable Landscape - Zoom

“‘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.