Sara Lampert

Sara Lampert

Coordinator, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies / Assistant Professor


East Hall

Phone: (605) 677-5218




Dr. Lampert received her PhD and MA from the University of Michigan and her BA from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Teaching Interests:

Dr. Lampert teaches courses in U.S. history on colonial America, the early republic, women, gender & sexuality, popular culture, slavery, and religion. She also teaches the introductory course for the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies minor.

Research Interests:

Dr. Lampert is working on her manuscript, Wild to See Her: Female Celebrity and the Transformation of American Theater and Culture, 1790-1850. She has published research on female platform performance in the mid-19th century and on the career of African-American singer Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield. Her broader interests include 19th-century women's and gender history, celebrity studies, cultural history, and history of sexuality.


  • Ph D, American History, The University of Michigan, 2012
  • MA, American History, The University of Michigan, 2007
  • BA, History and Art History , Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 2004


  • Funding to assist with the University of South Dakota Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Conference, South Dakota Humanities Council Grant. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2016)
  • A&S Faculty Summer Research Funds, College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Travel Grant, College of Arts & Sciences, University of South Dakota.


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Lampert, Sara. The "Perfect Delight" of Dramatic Reading: Gertrude Kellogg and the Post-Civil War Lyceum. In Thinking Together: Lecturing, Learning, and Difference in the Long Nineteenth Century, edited by Angela Ray and Paul Stob. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press , 2018.
  • Lampert, Sara. "Black Swan/White Raven: The Racial Politics of Elizabeth Greenfield's American Concert Career, 1851-1855". Vol. 17, Iss. 1. American Nineteenth Century History , 2016.
  • Lampert, Sara. Review of Katrina Dyonne Thompson, Ring Shout, Wheel About: The Racial Politics of Music and Dance in North American Slavery. Vol. 15, Iss. 3. Ohio Valley History, 2015.
  • Lampert, Sara. Review of Jeanne Winston Adler, The Affair of the Veiled Murderess: An Antebellum Scandal and Mystery. Vol. 95, Iss. 1. Oneonta, NY: New York History: A Quarterly Journal, 2014.
  • Lampert, Sara. "Bringing Music to the Lyceumites: The Bureaus and the Transformation of Lyceum Entertainment". In The Cosmopolitan Lyceum: Lecture Culture and the Globe in Nineteenth-Century America, edited by Tom F. Wright. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2013.
  • Lampert, Sara. Review of Daniel Cavicchi, Listening and Longing: Music Lovers in the Age of Barnum. Vol. 25, Iss. 4. Journal of Popular Music Studies, 2013.
  • Lampert, Sara. "Fanny Davenport, Frances Aymar Mathews, and the Play that Failed". Edited by Gertrude Oberfranc, 214-246. Vol. LXXIII, Iss. 2. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Library Chronicle, 2012.
  • Lampert, Sara. "Thy first temple in the far, far West!": Re/shaping Theatre in St. Louis, MO 1837-1839. Ohio Valley History.
  • Lampert, Sara. Review of Sandra K. Sagala, Buffalo Bill on the Silver Screen: The Films of Buffalo Bill Cody.. Vol. 47, Iss. 2. South Dakota History. (DOI: Summer 2017)

Awards and Honors:

  • Mosaic Award for Inclusive Excellence, Center for Diversity & Community, University of South Dakota, 2017
  • Champion of Inclusive Excellence Award, President's Council on Diversity & Inclusiveness, University of South Dakota, 2016
  • Nominee, Mosaic Award for Inclusive Excellence, Center for Diversity & Community, University of South Dakota, 2016
  • Nominee, Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of South Dakota, 2016
  • Nominee, Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of South Dakota, 2015


  • Lampert, Sara. The American Career of Camille" in "The Many Imaginaries of Female Performance, 1850-1900. Presented at the Accepted for Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. (April 22, 2018)
  • Lampert, Sara. Bankrupt Fathers, Dis/Obedient Daughters and Devoted Wives: Gender and Family in the Early Theater. Presented at the Society for Historians of the Early American Republican (SHEAR) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. (July 22, 2017)
  • Lampert, Sara. To Love, Serve, and Obtain Instruction: Desire and Ambition in Charlotte Cushman's Fanmail. Presented at the Red River Women's Studies Conference, Grand Forks, ND. (October 28, 2016)
  • Lampert, Sara. Performances "Both Grave and Gay": The Dramatic Reader in the Lyceum Circuit. Presented at the Popular Knowledge, Public Stage: Cultures of Lecturing and Learning in the Long Nineteenth Century, Alexandria Lyceum, Alexandria, VA. (September 26, 2015)
  • Lampert, Sara. Dreams of Fame: Writing Female Ambition in the 1850s. Presented at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles,CA. (November 9, 2014)
  • Lampert, Sara. Dreams, Memories, and Reality on the Antebellum and Postbellum Great Plains. Presented at the Northern Great Plains History Conference, Sioux Falls, SD. (October 10, 2014)
  • Lampert, Sara. 'the ladies will not stay away': The Gender Politics of Dance in the Antebellum American Theater. Presented at the Sixteenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (May 23, 2014)
  • Lampert, Sara. Drama and Performance Studies Roundtable. Presented at the Department of English Colloquium, University of South Dakota. (April 28, 2014)
  • Lampert, Sara. Her Art, Wit, and Style: Staging Public Womanhood in the Post-Civil War Lyceum. Presented at the Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. (April 12, 2014)
  • Lampert, Sara. 'Organized On Respectable Principles': Reformers and the Problem of Antebellum Theater. Presented at the Humanities Research Forum, Vermillion, SD. (January 27, 2014)