Since joining Colgate in 1982, Harsin has shown commitment to the university’s values of teaching, scholarship, and university service. With specialties in European history, the history of France and the French Revolution, and women’s history, she has been centrally involved in interdisciplinary teaching, especially in Colgate's Core curriculum and in women’s studies. She also teaches courses in early modern Europe, the experiences of women in history, and modern European social history.
Harsin served as interim president
of the university following the conclusion of Jeffery Herbst's term in 2015.
- BA, Missouri State University, 1973
- MA (1974), PhD (1981), University of Iowa
Oberlin College 1981-82; Colgate University, 1982-