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Peter Laipson

Provost and Vice President of the College, History

Expertise: History; Gender; gender roles and relations in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America

A historian whose research has focused on gender roles and relations in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America, Dr. Laipson has taught at Bowdoin College and the University of Michigan. His publications include “Kiss without shame, for she desires it: sexual foreplay in American marital advice literature, 1900-1925," in the Journal of Social History, "And the Walls Came Crumbling Down: The Rise and Fall of the Michigan School of Religion" in the Michigan Historical Review, and "From Boudoir to Bookstore: Writing the History of Sexuality," in Comparative Studies in Society and History. Dr. Laipson is the recipient of fellowships from the E.E. Ford Foundation, the University of Michigan, and the Michigan Institute for the Humanities.

Dr. Laipson taught for 12 years at Concord Academy. He also served for eight years as a Graduate Student Learning Support Learning Specialist at Harvard University, where he provided strategic tutoring to students in five professional schools at the University. Previously, Dr. Laipson was coordinator to the dean for humanities and arts at Tufts University, where he was responsive for executive-level assistance on matters relating to faculty, student organizations, administration, and budget for 18 departments and programs. Dr. Laipson also has been a Visiting Fellow at the College Access Foundation of California, where he provided strategic and operational assistance to a foundation with $450 million in assets.

BA, magna cum laude, Brown University; MA, PhD, University of Michigan, Department of History.

Phone: 413-528-7239