Writing and Linguistics
College of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Lisa Costello

Associate Professor, Writing and Linguistics
Director, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)

Ph.D. Louisiana State University, May 2007
Major Field: Rhetoric and Composition Studies; minor fields: WGSS and Holocaust Studies

M.A. California State University Long Beach, May 2002
Major Field: Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century American Literature

B.A. California State University Long Beach, August 1993
Major Field: Recreation and Leisure Studies

Selected Publications

  • “Standing Up and Standing Together: Feminist Teaching and Collaborative Mentoring.” Feminist Teacher, 26.1 (2015) [in print spring 2017]: 1-28. Print.
  • “Blogging a Research Paper?: Researched Blogs as New Models of Public Discourse.” Teaching English in the Two Year College, December 2015. Print.
  • Performative Memory: Form and Content in The Jewish Museum Berlin.” Liminalities 9.4 (December 2013). Web. 
  • “The New Art of Revision?: Research Papers, Blogs, and the First Year Writing Classroom” Teaching English in the Two Year College 39.2 (December 2011): 151-167. Print.
  • “Performative Auto/biography in Ruth Klüger’s Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered.”  a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 26.2 (Winter 2011): 238-264. Print.

Courses Taught

Dr. Costello teaches courses in Writing, Gender, and the Holocaust. She also piloted a  new digital resource for teachers through the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum that went live in fall 2017: https://perspectives.ushmm.org/about/project-overview

ENGL 1101 Composition
ENGL 1102 Composition II
UHON 1132 The Holocaust
UHON 3090 Bearing Witness to Genocide: Discourses of the Holocaust
UHON 4191 Honors Thesis Seminar
WGSS 2200 Gender in Global Contexts
WGST 2530 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
WRIT 3030 Writing Autobiography
WRIT 3435 Writing and Healing
WRIT 3531 Introduction to Writing Studies
WRIT 4570 Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture: Minority Rhetorics
WRIT 5590 Cultural Rhetorics

Current Projects

Dr. Costello is an active interdisciplinary scholar, which means she works on several projects simultaneously. Currently Dr. Costello is shopping her manuscript on public memory and the Holocaust, with a focus on third generation survivors, gender performance, affect, and new media. She has an article under review on the Holocaust film Shoah and its absence of female testimony (using digital archives). Dr. Costello is also working with a national coalition on a Special Issue of Feminist Formations that explores program structure and university policy around WGSS Programs, including a national survey of WGSS Program Directors.

Since fall 2017, Dr. Costello has also been managing a $100,000 grant to expand LGBTQ+ resources, research, and curriculum on campus, which will grow (with a second grant) to become an active Research Institute with scholarships and research stipends. Dr. Costello actively works to make GSU more diverse and inclusive. In addition to the grant award, she serves on the President’s Diversity Advisory Council (to increase diversity and inclusion in hiring and policy) as well as serving as Diversity Faculty Fellow to teach teachers about how to expand diversity and inclusion practices in their classroom. She advises the National Organization for Women’s student chapter on campus and mentors Honors students as the Honors Coordinator for Writing and Linguistics. With an interdisciplinary cohort on campus, she is building Online Honors Thesis Modules for Honors students without mentors, slated for release in 2019.

Last updated: 8/10/2018

Department of Writing & Linguistics • P.O. Box 8026 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • 912-478-0739