Modern United States and African American History, social movements, women, the Cold War
B.A., Mount Holyoke College
Ph.D., Rutgers University
Dr. Sara Rzeszutek serves as Director of the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE), providing resources and support for faculty as they grow and excel in teaching, service, and research/creative works.
She is a Professor of History and has been at SFC since 2011. Her research focuses on Black radicalism, civil rights, and the Cold War, and she has taught courses in all areas of U.S., African American, Women’s, and Public History. She is the author of James and Esther Cooper Jackson: Love and Courage in the Black Freedom Movement, published by the University Press of Kentucky in 2015, as well as other articles on the Jacksons and their community. In her capacity as a History faculty member, she participated in numerous curricular initiatives, including the Students and Faculty in the Archives project (SAFA), the American Historical Association Tuning Project, and the American Historical Association & Gardner Institute's History Gateways Project. She has also written and presented on teaching and learning, including a short essay in JSTOR Daily and a forthcoming article titled “A Thematic Approach to the History Gateway: The History of Fun.” In addition to teaching, she has served as the Director of Women's and Gender Studies (2015-2021), Director of Honors (2019-2023), and Director of General Education (2021-2023).