Associate Professor of Humanities
Office: Classroom 207C
B.A., Brandeis University (with highest honors in History)
M.A., Brandeis University
Ph.D., Brandeis University
Lee Whitfield cherishes teaching history and learning with students. Since joining the Humanities faculty in 1997, her passion and energy are obvious in the courses she teaches in European, women's, African, and global history. Her freshmen seminars on "Salem Witch Trials" and "The History of Paris", and her summer study abroad on "African Americans in France" offered further student options to discover the mysteries of the past. Her travels, conference participation, interviews, and work with scholars in Austria, Turkey, Tunisia, Greece, Thailand, Germany, and France seek to enrich students' quests to understand how peoples of diverse cultures faced their own challenges.
Her research interests explore how national identity emerged out of the conflicted wars over the French empire in Africa, links between colonialism and racism, and the evolution of law and gender in Europe. In English and French, her publications include "Exorcising Algeria: French Citizens, War, and the Remaking of the Republic, 1954-1962," "The French Military under Female Fire: Public Opinion and Justice in the Case of Djamila Boupacha, 1960-62," and "Embattled Boundaries: The African Mind in the Colonial Era." She is professionally active in historical organizations, and an active presence at Wheelock, helping students prepare for MTEL, assisting Admissions, and sponsoring student initiatives.