Research Areas

Women’s History; Urban History; Labor History; African American History 


Ph.D., Indiana University 

M.A., University of Chicago

B.A., Northwestern University 




Academica Edu

Lisa Krissoff Boehm

Lisa Krissoff Boehm

Lisa Krissoff Boehm

Lisa Krissoff Boehm is Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History at Manhattanville College. She was formerly Interim Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of Urban Studies at Worcester State University,  Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of History at Emmanuel College, and Visiting Professor of History at University of Michigan-Dearborn.  

Krissoff Boehm is the author of Popular Culture and the Enduring Myth of Chicago, 1871-1968 (Routledge Press, 2004), Making a Way Out of No Way: African American Women and the Second Great Migration (University Press of Mississippi, 2009), and the co-author of America’s Urban History (Routledge, 2014). She is co-editor of the volume, The American Urban Reader: History and Theory (Routledge, 2010). Krissoff Boehm has written book chapters for a variety of volumes, including Italian Women of Chicago (Casa Italia, 2014), The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance (University of Illinois Press, 2008), New England Regional Culture (Greenwood Press, 2004) and Preparing the Next Generation of Oral Historians: An Anthology of Oral History Education (Alta Mira Press, 2006).

She has also written articles or reviews for the Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism, Women Building Chicago, 1790-1990, The Journal of Urban History (guest editor for the special edition on teaching urban history), The Journal of American Ethnic History, The Journal of Popular Culture, Chicago History, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Indiana Magazine of History, H-Net Book Reviews, The National Association of Watch and Clock Makers, Studies on the Illinois and Michigan Canal Corridor, the Encyclopedia of Chicago History, and the Encyclopedia of the Great Depression.

She established archival collections of oral history interviews of women conducted by herself and her students at the Emmanuel College Cardinal Cushing Library, the Schlesinger Library, and the Grand Rapids Public Library.  She was the Baylor University Oral History Fellow in 2007-2008 and received the Oral History Grant from the Schlesinger Library in 2008-2009.

Current Projects

“Muse: The True Story Behind the Creation of ‘Brother, Can you Spare a Dime?” 

In 1932, composer Jay Gorney and lyricist Yip Harburg crafted a new song for the Broadway musical, “Americana.” Although the show was a flop, the song became the anthem of the Great Depression. Edaline Gorney Harburg served as the project’s muse, and both men’s wife. 

Representative Publications

America’s Urban History (Routledge, 2015) 

Making a Way Out of No Way: African American Women and the Second Great Migration (Mississippi, 2009)