Dr. Sarah Lirley Assistant Professor - Humanities Department

A.A., Maple Woods Community College; B.A., Northwest Missouri State University; M.A. & Ph.D., University of Missouri

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Dr. Lirley earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 2012 and 2018, respectively, where she also earned a Graduate Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She earned her B.A. from Northwest Missouri State University and her A.A. from Maple Woods Community College. Dr. Lirley specializes in the history of women and gender as well as the history of death and death investigations. She has published several articles on those topics and is currently working on a book. Before coming to Columbia College in 2018, Dr. Lirley taught at the University of Missouri and Westminster College. She teaches a variety of classes, including the U.S. Surveys, topics courses, and Women’s and Gender History courses that are cross-listed with Women’s Studies.

Aside from teaching and researching history, Dr. Lirley enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with her family, including her cats.

Courses taught at Columbia College

  • American History to 1877 (HIST 121)
  • American History Since 1877 (HIST 122)
  • History of Immigration in the U.S. (HIST 360W)
  • Women and Gender in American History (HIST/WMST 373)
  • African American History (HIST 374)
  • History of Sexuality in the U.S. (HIST 375W)

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