She researches and teaches at the intersections of science and affect in American literature since 1865. 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. Additional and ongoing research interests include digital humanities, 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 in popular culture. Her writing has been published in such venues as American Literary History, Modernism/modernity, Arizona Quarterly, and Modern Fiction Studies.