A native of Rochester, New York, Professor Strobel attended Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts and graduate school at Duke University. She taught at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of Montana, the University of Virginia, and Phillips Exeter Academy before coming to Furman. She has served on a myriad of committees at Furman dealing with the status of Furman’s students and faculty, as well as the institution as a whole. From 1999-2010 she served as Chair of the History Department. Professor Strobel has been the recipient of the Meritorious Teaching Award and the Maiden Invitation Award for excellence in the classroom. She has also been an active participant in the First Year Seminar program and was a member of the original task force that implemented that project. Currently, she is a Shi Sustainability Fellow. Professionally, Professor Strobel studies the history of women’s higher education and American politics after World War II, as well as African-American history. She has presented her research in sessions at such prestigious venues as the annual conferences of the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, and the American Historical Association. She has also been a member of special teaching based seminars such as ones sponsored by the Mellon Foundation and the Gilder-Lehrman Institute and also been part of Furman faculty foreign study trips to Canada, Jamaica, Cuba, and Mexico. During May Term 2014, Professor Strobel co-directed a study away class on “War and Remembrance” that commemorated the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I and travelled to England, France, and Belgium.

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Can We Make Sense of the 60s?

An introduction to college writing that focuses on American history in the 1960?s and early 1970?s. Through writing and revision, students will critically analyze conflicting forces that shaped American life. With careful staging of assignments, they will complete a research project on a topic of choice, such as on a key individual or international crisis of the era, the civil rights movement, the emergence of the environmental crusade, or on the protest tradition.


Southern Women: Black & White

This seminar will explore the experiences of Southern Women from 1800 to the present through the literature written by and about them. The method of study will include: describing the culturally defined image of Southern women, tracing the effect of this definition on female behavior, defining how the realities of Southern women's lives were often at odds with the ideal, and examining the struggle of black and white women to confront racism and cultural expectations and to find a way to achieve self-determination.


Modern Europe

The history of Europe from the time of the Enlightenment to the present. Major themes include: the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, nationalism, socialism, liberalism, imperialism, the World Wars, fascism and communism, the Holocaust, post-WWII reconstruction and the Cold War, decolonization, citizenship, immigration, the end of communism, market integration, a common currency, and the evolution of the European Union, and globalization.


United States since 1877

North American history from 1877 to the present in the context of western traditions and global interactions.


United States since 1941

The evolving experience of the American people from 1941 to the present, and the conflicting social, racial, political, economic, and international forces which have shaped that experience.


African-American Experience

Emphasis on the African origins of black Americans, the slave experience, the impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the civil rights movement.


History of Women in America

The history of women in America from the colonial period to the present. The focus in not on chronology, but on acquainting students with topics which disclose significant events, issues and problems in the changing experience of American women.


Senior Seminar in History

A required course for all majors. Discussion-based meetings will explore a specific historical topic and the related historiography. Students will conceive, design, and execute their own research project connected to the main topic of the seminar. All seminars include an assignment encouraging students to integrate and to reflect upon their varied classroom, travel study, and internship experiences over the course of the major.

  • Participant, "Slave Narratives Seminar," Gilder-Lehrman Institute for American History Summer Seminar with Professor David Blight, Yale University, New Haven, CT, June 10-13, 2012.
  • Reviewer, Becoming Elizabeth Lawrence: Discovered Letters of a Southern Gardener, edited by Emily Herring Wilson (Winston-Salem: John F. Blair, 2010), Journal of Southern History (November 2011).
  • Reviewer, Entering The Fray: Gender, Politics, and Culture in the New South, edited by Jonathan Daniel Wells and Sheila R. Phipps (Columbia, University of Missouri Press, 2010), Journal of Southern History (August 2011).
  • Manuscript Reviewer, University of Georgia Press (South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times, Volume II), University of Alabama Press (Schools in the Landscape: Localism, Cultural Tradition, and the Development of Alabama's Public Schooling System, 1865-1915), Oxford University Press (The Cuban Missile Crisis, 2nd edition)—all volumes that I reviewed were published and utilized my recommendations.
  • Author, entries on "Irene Dillard Elliott, Emily Lyles Harris, Gladys Elizabeth Johnston Patterson, and Eudora Ramsay Richardson" in The South Carolina Encyclopedia, edited by Walter Edgar (University of South Carolina Press, 2006).
  • Participant, "Atlantic Frontier: The Maritime Dimension in Early American History and Culture, 1524-1865," NITLE Seminar, Center for Educational Technology, Middlebury, VT, Summer 2005.
  • Participant, "Looking Backward, Linking Together, Leaping Forward: Web-Based Archival Analysis and Presentation in Writing Assignments Across Three College Campuses," Associated Colleges of the South Grant, 2002-3.
  • Outside Evaluator, Manuscript for NWSA Journal, September 2000.
  • Outside Evaluator, Manuscript for Journal of Women's History, September 2000.
  • Panelist, "Mainstreaming Gender and Ethic Studies," a report on Furman's Pew Project, Association of General and Liberal Studies Annual Convention, San Antonio, Texas, October 1995.
  • Reviewer, Gulf Coast Historical Review, 1993.
  • Author, biographical articles with annotated bibliographies on Mary Lyon and Frances Perkins in Great Lives from History: American Series, edited by Frank N. Magill (Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 1987).
  • Reviewer, Atlanta Historical Journal, 1986.
  • Reviewer, American Historical Review, 1986.
  • Lecturer, "American College Women in the 1950's," speeches presented at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, August 1985 and July 1986.
  • Reviewer, New York History, 1985.
  • Reviewer, Maryland Historian, 1985.
  • Author, Entries on Claude Ambrose Taylor, Solomon Blatt, Cameron Bruce Littlejohn, Thomas Harrington Pope, Rex Lyle Carter, and Ramon Schwartz, Jr. in Roger and Nancy Sharp's American Legislative Leaders, State House Speakers (Greenwood Press).
  • Reviewer, North Carolina Historical Review, 1985-present.
  • Author, "'Back Home for Keeps?': Women and Higher Education in the 1950's," Furman Studies, Winter 1983.
  • Author, "Harriet Sheldon Wells," Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement VII (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1981).
  • Reviewer, Journal of American History, March 1980.
  • Panelist, "Back Home for Keeps?: Women and Higher Education in the 1950's," paper presented before the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 1979.
  • Reviewer, Virginia Quarterly Review, 1978-1979.
  • Contributing Author, Rounding the Century Mark (privately printed volume, Rochester, New York, 1977).
  • Chair, Organization of American Historians Committee on the Status of Women, 1986-1988.
  • President, Furman Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, 1987-1988.
  • Honorary Member, Senior Order, Furman University (elected 1989).
  • Member, Phi Sigma Iota (Foreign Language honorary society) and Phi Alpha Theta (History honorary society).
  • Recipient, Alester G. Furman and Janie Earle Furman Meritorious Teaching Award, Furman University, 1992.
  • Recipient and Project Co-Director, "Mainstreaming Gender and Ethnic Studies," a grant sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts, 1992-1995 ($90,000).
  • Recipient and Project Co-Director, "Taking A Stand in History: An Examination of the Legal Status of Southern Women," grant sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities for a summer institute for middle and secondary school teachers, 1995 ($83,714).
  • Recipient, Maiden Invitation Teaching Award given by the Office of Multi-Cultural Student Affairs, Furman University, 2006
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