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Adele Oltman, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Department of History


Specialties include: Post-1945 History, History of Public Health and Medicine, Southern History, Public History

I have taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Rutgers University and the College of Charleston (SC). I have also worked as a public historian,at the New Jersey Historical Society and more recently, I was a consultant for the American History Workshop in conceptualizing the permanent Slavery exhibition at the new Museum of African-American History and Culture (slated for a 2015 opening) in Washington, DC. I have written for The Nation Magazine and using history interviews, I have produced, written and narrated radio features for WBGO Radio, including "View From the Blue" about the Newark uprisings in 1967, which won an award from the NY Association of Black Journalists.

My first book, "Sacred Mission, Worldly Ambition: Black Christian Natioanlism in the Age of Jim Crow" was published in 2008 and is now available from the University of Georgia Press in paperback. My current research focuses on the history of public health and medicine in New York City in the postwar era.


  • PhD, Columbia University

Academic Distinctions

Visiting Scholar, Columbia University Department of History, 2011-12
Grant-in-Aide, Rockefeller Archive Center, 2010
Louisville Institute for Research in Religion Fellowship, 2004-5
Hofstadter Fellowship, Columbia University, 1998-2004


Office Phone
(973) 275-2773


Office Location
Fahy Hall


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