Sara Landau

Highly unusual for her time, Sara Landau not only made a name for herself as a respected economist, but paired her scholarship with inexhaustible volunteerism both in her community and through national organizations. Landau served briefly as a Red Cross volunteer in France from 1918–1919 before earning a master’s degree in economics from the University of Louisville in 1921. She began teaching at the university while still a student, eventually rising to assistant dean of women before resigning in 1928 to protest the president’s anti-Semitism. Throughout this time she volunteered with new immigrants, teaching English and citizenship. She briefly headed the department of economics and sociology at Wheaton College before returning to Louisville to take various government jobs and continue her volunteerism. She taught in several schools up and down the East Coast and taught at Roosevelt University in Chicago from 1946–1954 before retiring to Louisville, where she wrote articles, book reviews, and plays. At age 85 she was still active in volunteer work as president of the Women’s Overseas Service League, an organization for WWI volunteers.


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Date of Birth

Philadelphia, PA
United States

Date of Death

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