Lecturer of History
306 Holmdene


Elizabeth Chamberlain is an adjunct professor of history at Aquinas College, where she has been teaching since 2009. She has taught a variety of classes for the history department and for the Women’s Studies Program, which includes Women in American History, Introduction to Women’s Studies, Sister Stories Oral History, Irish History, American History, World History and East Asian History. Her research interests include Catholic Women Religious, the intersection of religion and gender, and the social justice activism of Catholic Women Religious. She received her B.A. from Aquinas College, her M.A. from Central Michigan University, and her Ph.D. from Wayne State University. Her Ph.D. dissertation, “Sisters of Social Justice: The Social Justice of the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters,” examines the late twentieth-century activism of the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters, the ways in which communities perceived their social justice activism, and the opposition they sometimes faced because of their activism. Dr. Chamberlain has presented on a variety of topics, including the history of domestic abuse, women in the civil rights movement, women’s suffrage movement, and Catholic Women Religious. 


  • Ph.D., Wayne State University
  • M.A., Central Michigan University
  • B.A., Aquinas College