Curriculum Vita

Sara Elisabeth Lampert
Department of History 
University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street/ Vermillion, SD 57069 / 605-677-9086

Current Position
Assistant Professor of History, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, Fall 2013-present.
Coordinator, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, USD, Spring 2015-present.

Professional Experience

Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC, Fall 2012-Spring 2013.
Instructor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Fall 2011.
Graduate Student Instructor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Fall 2006-Spring 2008.


Ph.D., History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI December 2012
“Performing Women, Public Womanhood, and the Transformation of the Nineteenth-Century Cultural Marketplace”
Chair: Jay Cook  / Committee: Susan Juster, Mary Kelley, Ann Fabian, June Howard
M.A., History, University of Michigan December 2007
B.A., History and Art History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ May 2004               
Summa cum laude in History
History Honors Thesis: “ ‘Greatest Artists of the Race’: Black Singers in Nineteenth-Century America”

Book Manuscript

“Wild to See Her”: How Female Celebrity Transformed American Theater, 1790-1850
(Manuscript in progress)


Articles/Book Chapters
“Black Swan/White Raven: the racial politics of Elizabeth Greenfield’s American concert career, 1851-1855.” American Nineteenth Century History. 17, no. 1 (2016): 75-102.
“Bringing Music to the Lyceumites: The Bureaus and the Transformation of Lyceum
Entertainment.” In The Cosmopolitan Lyceum: Globalism and Lecture Culture in Nineteenth-Century America, edited by Tom F. Wright, 67-90. University of Massachusetts Press, December 2013.
“Fanny Davenport, Frances Aymar Mathews, and the Play that Failed.” Princeton University
Library Chronicle. 73, no. 2 (Winter 2012): 214-246.

book reviews
Review of Buffalo Bill on the Silver Screen: The Films of William F. Cody by Sandra K. Sagala, South Dakota History (Forthcoming).
Review of Ring Shout, Wheel About: The Racial Politics of Music and Dance in North American Slavery by Katrina Dyonne Thompson, Ohio Valley History 15 no. 3 (Fall 2015).
Review of The Affair of the Veiled Murderess: An Antebellum Sandal and Mystery by Jeanne Winston Adler, New York History: A Quarterly Journal  95, no. 1 (Winter 2014).
Review of Listening and Longing: Music Lovers in the Age of Barnum by Daniel Cavicchi, Journal of Popular Music Studies 25, no. 4 (December 2013).


Champion of Inclusive Excellence Award, President’s Council on Diversity & Inclusiveness,
University of South Dakota, April 17, 2016.
Faculty Research Grant, College of Arts & Sciences University of South Dakota, Spring 2014.
Arts & Sciences Travel Grant, College of Arts & Sciences, University of South Dakota, Fall 2013, 2014, 2015.
National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Library Company of
Philadelphia, Fall 2013. (Declined)
Rackham Humanities Dissertation Award, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan,
Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, 2010-2011.
Library Research Grant, Friends of the Princeton University Library, 2010-2011.
Rackham Humanities Research Fellowship, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan,
Dissertation Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, 2009-2010.
Andrew W. Mellow Foundation Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical
Society of Pennsylvania, 2009-2010.
Ruth R. and Alyson R. Miller Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2009-2010.

Selected Conferences

“Performances ‘Both Grave and Gay’: The Dramatic Reader in the Lyceum Circuit,” Popular Knowledge, Public Stage: Cultures of Lecturing and Learning in the Long Nineteenth Century, Alexandria Lyceum, Alexandria, VA, Sept 2015.
“Dreams of Fame: Writing Female Ambition in the 1850s,” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, Nov 2014.
‘the ladies will not stay away’: The Gender Politics of Dance in the Antebellum American Theater,” Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Toronto, Canada, May 2014.
Woman in the Lyceum: Reconfiguring the Boundaries of Female Celebrity and Advocacy,” panel organizer and paper, OAH Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, April 2014.
“Dramatic Female Performance in the Post-Civil War Lyceum,” The Cosmopolitan Lyceum:
Globalism & Lecture Culture in Nineteenth-Century America, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, Sept 2011.
“The Lady and the Rostrum: Women Elocutionists in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Cultural
Marketplace,” SHEAR Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, July 2011.
“Anna Cora Mowatt and Modes of Female Performance in Early-Nineteenth-Century Popular
Culture,” Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference, Tampa, FL, March 2010.

Other Presentations

Panelist, “The Ferguson Moment,” Co-sponsored by Black Law Students’ Association and Criminal Justice Education Project, University of South Dakota, 6 November 2014.
Panelist, “Drama and Performance Studies Roundtable,” Department of English Colloquium, University of South Dakota, April 2014.
“ ‘Organized On Respectable Principles’: Reformers and the Problem of Antebellum Theater,” talk delivered for the Humanities Research Forum, University of South Dakota, 27 January 2014.
“American Career Girl: Jobs, Romance, and Family,” talk at Guizhou University, Guiyang, China, December 13, 2012, under the auspices of the Center for American Culture.


Assistant Professor, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, Fall 2013-Present
Undergraduate Courses
U.S. History to 1865 / U.S. History 1865 to Present  (Hist 151/152)
Colonial America (Hist 450)
Young America, 1787-1848 (Hist 452)
Race and Slavery in America (Hist 492)
Religion in American History (Hist/Rel 392)
Women in American History (Hist 349)
Sexuality and American Popular Culture (Honors Seminar)
Graduate Courses
Graduate Seminar in Early American History (Hist 772)
Graduate Seminar in Women’s & Gender History (Hist 775)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC, Fall 2012-Spring 2013
American History I / American History II (Hist 2200/2201)
Civil War America (Hist 3270)
Women in American (Hist 3241)
History of the South (Hist 2340)

Instructor, University of Michigan, Fall 2011
From Actress to Activist: Women in Public Life in Nineteenth-Century America (first-year writing seminar Hist 195)


Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program Coordinator, USD, 2015-Present.
College of Arts & Sciences, Curriculum & Instruction Committee, USD, August 2015-Present.
History Department Awards and Scholarships Committee, USD, 2014-Present.
Women’s and Gender Studies Conference, Steering Committee, USD, 2013-2014.
Harrington Lecture Committee, College of Arts & Sciences, USD, 2013-2015.
Women’s and Gender Studies Affiliated Faculty Committee, Presbyterian College, 2012-2013.
Steering Committee, Nineteenth-Century Forum, University of Michigan, 2011-2012.
Coordinator, Atlantic Studies Workshop, University of Michigan, 2010-2011.
Faculty/Staff Mentor, University Mentorship Program, UM, 2008-2009.

Academic Affiliations

American Historical Association
American Studies Association
Berkshire Conference of Women Historians
C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
Organization of American Historians
Phi Alpha Theta

SHEAR: Society for Historians of the Early American Republic

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