Consumer and commodity studies, visual culture and media studies (especially representations of race, gender, labor, power, ethics), globalization, political economy and histories of capitalism, business ethics, and social movements
Lisa is a Ph.D. candidate whose work focuses on the intersection of consumer and commodity culture, global capitalism, visuality and media, and in/justice. Her dissertation, “Ethical Inc. Ethical Commodity Formations and the Rise of a Conscious Capitalism™,” critically examines the contemporary proliferation of an ethical capitalist reconfiguration , which seeks to mobilize privatized solutions for “public benefit.” Examples abound from the recent passing of Benefit Corporation legislation in states throughout the U.S. and organizations such as Conscious Capitalism™ to consumer-activism and commodities that espouse to ‘do good’ with every purchase.
Lisa received a Master’s degree in Social & Political Thought from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College, where she studied creative writing, visual arts, and East Asian Studies. Since the end of her Ph.D. fellowship, Lisa managed several grant-funded creative writing and cultural exchange programs at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa and recently moved to the New York City area for a Class Adviser and Associate Faculty position at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She has also taught Global Affairs, Cultural Studies, and humanities courses at George Mason University, University of South Florida, and Northern Virginia Community College. Lisa currently serves on the Governing Board for the Cultural Studies Association, where she also acts as co-chair for the Visual Culture Working Group.