Our Team

Director: Renee Romano is the Robert S. Danforth Professor of History, and Professor of Comparative American Studies and Africana Studies. She is thrilled to be continuing Professor Nunley’s work as the new director of the History Design Lab.

Founder: Tamika Nunley is Assistant Professor of History, Comparative American Studies, and Law and Society. She created the History Design Lab to provide opportunities for students to work collaboratively on work about the past. These projects involve innovative methodologies, archival research, workshops, and an ongoing blog with content created by students.

Senior Editor: Emily Spezia-Shwiff: Emily is a 4th year student majoring in History and Musical Studies and minoring in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. Her primary research interest is early United States history. Emily‚Äôs research with the History Design Lab is centered around the African American Women Intellectuals project which is a database of scholarly biographies of women who attended Oberlin College. At Oberlin, Emily is co-chair of the Experimental College, and organizes more than 60 student-taught courses each semester. She is also very involved in the Oberlin College Marching Band, holding various positions including co-director/drum major, co-chair, and treasurer. She is from Hood River, Oregon. 

Senior Editor: Benjamin Clark is a rising sophomore and History Major currently focusing on American History at Oberlin College. He is leading, Oberlin History as American History, a new project that explores the history of activism and memory at Oberlin. He works with Oberlin students and staff to collect primary sources and organize the content for the project along with content for existing HDL projects. Benjamin graduated from Rocky River High School in 2019 and is excited to be able to assist in the effort to bring greater academic exposure and understanding of the work and lives of these extraordinary women.

Associate Editor: Meredith Warden is a rising sophomore majoring in History and minoring in Comparative American Studies. Her research interests include early American history, historical memory, and public/spatial history. Within the History Design Lab, she focuses on On Second Thought, a student publication with the goal to create accessible and engaging historically based content, and contributes writing and editing for numerous other projects. At Oberlin, she is a member of the field hockey team, a student blogger for the Office of Communications, and a Writing Associate in the Writing Center. She is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Associate Editor: Alia Schreiber-Goldstein is a rising second-year Environmental Studies and Art History major. She is one of the two Associate Editors working for the History Design Lab. Alia is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and loves wide desert skies and sandy mesas. In her free time she enjoys writing, drawing, and spending time outside either hiking or going on nature walks.