Friends Association for Higher Education’s Quaker Leadings in Higher Education series presented:
In Search of Integrity
Across the Higher Education Landscape
What has worked in helping you navigate situations where you could easily fall short of full integrity?
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Emma Jones Lapsansky
Emeritus Professor of History and
Curator of the Quaker Collection
David R. Ross
Department of Economics
Bryn Mawr College
Emma Jones Lapsansky is Emeritus Professor of History and Curator of the Quaker Collection at Haverford College, near Philadelphia, PA, where she continues to teach and to consult with students and with scholars who visit Haverford’s Quaker Collections.
After a one-year break in her undergraduate education to work in the Mississippi civil rights movement with the Delta Ministry of the National Council of Churches, she received her BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania, and her doctorate in American Civilization from the same institution. Her research interests and publications include Quaker history, African-American history and especially the intersection between the two, as well as Pennsylvania history, the American West, and various aspects of American social and material-culture history.
With Gary Nash and Clayborne Carson, Lapsansky has authored Struggle for Freedom, a college text on African American History, the third edition of which appeared in 2018. She is also a co-author on the Pearson Education high-school American History text, and was a member of the team that recently revised the Advanced Placement U.S. History curriculum (APUSH) 2009.
Lapsansky frequently consults to museums and to pre-collegiate curriculum developers on enriching and enlivening public history and classroom history presentations, as well as to authors seeking editorial and/or research advice. See has been an invited lecturer at Earlham College, Guilford College, and George Fox College, Villanova University, and University of Pennsylvania, among others, as well as at a number of Quaker colleges, Meetings, and study centers. She is currently at work on two projects: a history of a Bryn Mawr Quaker family; and a study of a mid-twentieth-century Philadelphia multi-cultural intentional community.
Having been an active member of the governing board of the Organization of American Historians, a Board member of the Library Company of Philadelphia, and an Advisory Board member of the Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies, Friends’ Central School, the American Friends Service Committee, and Friends Journal, she currently teaches Quaker History and First-Year Writing at Haverford College, and continues to publish and lecture widely on various history topics.
A member of Lansdowne Monthly Meeting, in Lansdowne PA, she is the parent of three Friends’ schools’ graduates, and she now serves on the oversight committee of the Lansdowne Friends School, as well as on the oversight editorial committee for Pendle Hill Pamphlets, and the governing board of Friends’ Historical Association.