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Dr. Lisa A. Costello

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

  • American Cultural Memory and the Holocaust: Per(Form)ing Gender, Shifting Orientations. Lexington Books, imprint of Rowman and Littlefield, October 2019.
  • “Being There.” Four Days in Kansas City Project. May 2018.
  • “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:

  • ENGL 1101 Composition
  • ENGL 1102 Composition II
  • WRIT 2533 Writing Popular Culture
  • WRIT 3030 Writing Autobiography
  • WRIT 3435 Writing and Healing
  • WRIT 3531 Introduction to Writing Studies
  • WRIT 4570 Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture
  • WRIT 5570 Advanced Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture
  • WRIT 5533 Teaching College Composition
  • WGSS 2200 Gender in Global Contexts
  • WGSS 2530 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
  • WGSS 4900 Internship
  • WGSS 5700 Perspectives in Feminist Theory
  • UHON 1132 The Holocaust
  • UHON 3090 Bearing Witness to Genocide: Discourses of the Holocaust
  • UHON 4191 Honors Thesis Seminar

Current Projects

Dr. Costello is an active interdisciplinary scholar, which means she works on several projects simultaneously:

  • Co-Principal Investigator: IRB approved study in progress: “LGBTQ+ Campus Life Survey” Fall 2017 to present (approved January 2018). Collaborative article in progress.
  • Article: “Developing Online Materials for Thesis Preparation.” With Steve Engel, Joe Pellegrino, and Jamie Scalera. Collaborative article in progress.
  • Article: “Stonewalled” about the process of expanding LGBTQ+ spaces on conservative campuses. Article in progress. 

Dr. Costello is also a Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellow (DIFF) for the Office of Inclusive Excellence (OIE). She serves on the President’s Diversity Advisory Council (to increase diversity and inclusion in hiring and policy among other things). In 2020 she began serving as a CAH Faculty Senator. 

Last updated: 4/6/2022