She works in the health humanities, with a focus on gender, race, and affect in twentieth-century America. Her first book, Modern Sentimentalism (Oxford UP, 2019), chronicles the emotional history of the modern woman and the corollary reinvention of sentimentalism in US interwar fiction. Ongoing research interests include the history of mental health and visual and material culture.
An educator and a writer for over a decade, Lisa teaches courses on topics ranging from modernist literature and the American bildungsroman to sex and illness in popular culture. Her writing has been published in such venues as American Literary History, Modernism/modernity, Arizona Quarterly, and Modern Fiction Studies.