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Elise Lemire

Professor of Literature

Elise Lemire is the author of Black Walden: Slavery and Its Aftermath in Concord, Massachusetts (2009) and “Miscegenation”: Making Race in American (2002), both supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1999–2000 and 2007–08).  A recipient of the Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professorship (2011–13), she is currently working on a book titled Battle Green, Vietnam: The 1971 March on Concord and Lexington.

More About Me

Professor Lemire recently filmed a PBS show about Henry David Thoreau and the black enclave in Walden Woods:

Representative Courses

  • American Women Writers
  • 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
Cinema Studies
  • Women and Film
Gender Studies
  • Introduction to Gender and Sexuality
  • Advanced Critical Writing


Battle Green, Vietnam: The 1971 March on Concord and Lexington. In progress.

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

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

Presentations / Conferences

Recent and upcoming:

“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.