B.A. in English, Arcadia University (2009)
M.A. in Performance Studies, New York University (2011)
Ph.D. in English, St. John’s University (expected December 2021)
Lisa is a Ph.D. Candidate in English at St. John’s University, as well as an Adjunct Professor in the English department. She teaches ENG1100C: Literature in a Global Context, with a theme of LGBTQIAP+ Narratives. Previous themes include Descents into Madness, Folklore and Myth, and Immigration Stories. Before entering the Ph.D. program at St. John’s, Lisa received her M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her M.A. thesis focused on the big-budget Broadway musical and the negative impact of technological advancements on audience emotional connections. The evolution of her research interests led Lisa to pursue her Ph.D. in early modern drama and performativity at St. John’s University.
Her dissertation, titled “Posthuman Queer Ecosexuality: Shakespeare and Earthly Consummation,” is an exploration of Shakespeare’s tragedies at the intersection of ecocriticism and queer theory. This dissertation argues that the tragic make-up of these plays enhances their queerness, creating intimacy and pleasure through their earth-bound deaths. Lisa has previously presented her work at SAA (2018, 2019, 2020), ASLE (2019), ASTR (2016, 2017, 2018), NeMLA (2017, 2018), and the 2020 Eco-Entanglements conference at the Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Forthcoming 2021 presentations include the following:
Modern Language Association (MLA): “Ophelia’s ‘Good End’: Water and Ecosexual Desire”
Shakespeare Association of America (SAA): “Ophelia at the Water’s Edge”
Renaissance Society of America (RSA): “Waiting” at the Early Modern Asexualities Roundtable
In addition, Lisa has participated in the development and service of several graduate student organizations. She has served in various roles within her department’s English Graduate Organization (EGO) and held the position of Chair from June 2018 to December 2020. She was also the Secretary/Historian for the American Society for Theatre Research’s Graduate Student Caucus from 2018-2019 and is the founding member of the Shakespeare Association of America’s Graduate Student Caucus (#shaxgrads).
You can contact Lisa via email or on Twitter: firstname.lastname@example.org and @lisrobinson