Marian Strobel

Marian Strobel

William Montgomery Burnett Professor, History

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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 numerous May terms since 2014, Professor Strobel has co-directed a study away class on “War and Remembrance” that commemorates the centenary of World War I and travels to England, France, and Belgium. 


  • Recipient, All-Southern Conference Faculty Award, 2020
  • Recipient, Maiden Invitation Teaching Award given by the Office of Multi-Cultural Student Affairs, Furman University, 2006.
  • 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 and Project Co-Director, "Mainstreaming Gender and Ethnic Studies," a grant sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts, 1992-1995 ($90,000).
  • Recipient, Alester G. Furman and Janie Earle Furman Meritorious Teaching Award, Furman University, 1992.
  • Member, Phi Sigma Iota (Foreign Language honorary society) and Phi Alpha Theta (History honorary society).
  • Honorary Member, Senior Order, Furman University (elected 1989).
  • President, Furman Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, 1987-1988.
  • Chair, Organization of American Historians Committee on the Status of Women, 1986-1988.
  • Chair of the Furman Faculty, 2017-2019. 


  • Ph.D., Duke University
  • M.A., Duke University
  • A.B., Mount Holyoke College


  • 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).