For a full and current CV, please email lisa[dot]mendelman[at]menlo[dot]edu.


Ph.D. in English, University of California, Los Angeles, 2015

M.A. in English, Stanford University, 2007

B.A. in English, Stanford University, 2004
• Interdisciplinary Honors in Feminist Studies; Phi Beta Kappa


Assistant Professor of English, Menlo College, 2016-

Instructor, Continuing Studies, Stanford University, Summer 2019

Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles Department of English, 2015-16


American literature since 1865; transnational modernisms; affect studies; literature and science; gender studies; critical race studies; disability studies; digital humanities; literature and psychology; visual and material culture.



• Modern Sentimentalism: Affect, Irony, and Female Authorship in Interwar America, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Journal articles

• “Character Defects: The Racialized Addict and Nella Larsen’s Passing.” Modernism/modernity, forthcoming (November 2019).
• First author, “Sentimental Avatars: Gender Identification and Vehicles of Selfhood in Popular Media from Nineteenth-Century Novels to Modern Video Games.” With Rabindra A. Ratan, Joseph Fordham, Megan Knittel, and Oskar Milik. Games and Culture, October 2019.
• “Unaffected: Marilynne Robinson’s Postmodern Sentimentalism.” Irish Journal of American Studies, vol. 6, 2017,
• “Ambivalence and Irony: Gendered Forms in Interwar America.” Arizona Quarterly, vol. 71, no. 4, 2015, pp. 23-52.
• “Feeling Hard-Boiled: Modern Sentimentalism and Frances Newman’s The Hard-Boiled Virgin.” American Literary History, vol. 26, no.4, 2014, pp. 693715.

Book chapters

• “Recounting Modernist Women Writers’ Literary History: Teaching Quantitative Methods to Undergraduates.” Teaching Modernist Women Writers in English, edited by Janine Utell, MLA Options for Teaching Series, volume forthcoming.
• “Species of Sentiment.” Nineteenth-Century American Literature in Transition, vol. IV, edited by Lindsay Reckson and Cody Marrs, Cambridge University Press, volume under contract.
• “Sentimental Satire in Anita Loos’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” The Sentimental Mode: Essays in Literature, Film and Television, edited by Jennifer A. Williamson, Jennifer Larson, and Ashley Reed, McFarland, 2014, pp. 36-55.


• Modernist Studies Association Research Travel Award, 2019
• Charles B. Emerick Teaching Award, Menlo College, 2017-18
• Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts / US National Science Foundation Travel Award, Fall 2016
• Quarterly Teaching Excellence Award, UCLA Department of English, Winter and Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2012, Spring 2011


• “Against Interpretation: Wharton, Suicidality, and Modern Mental Health.” Modern Language Association Conference, Seattle, 2020.
• “Ironic Attachment: Jewish Women in Interwar American Literature and Culture.” Modern Language Association Conference, Seattle, 2020.
• “Modernism and Diagnosis.” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of English, 2019.
• “Modernism’s Straw Men: Sentiment and the Modern Woman.” Modernist Studies Association Conference, Toronto, 2019.
• “Mental Health in the Contemporary College Classroom.” Lectures in Clinical Training for Doctoral Students, Palo Alto University-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, Atherton, 2019.
• “Sex and Sentiment: Affect, Irony, and Female Creative Labor in Interwar America.” Women/Gender Minorities in Print/Publishing in the Long 20th Century Symposium, Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), Stanford University, 2019.
•  “Sex & Culture, 1919-2019.” Keynote: Recognizing Leaders In Gender Equity, Menlo College, 2019.


Menlo College, Atherton, California
• Messy Subjects: Identity and the Body (Fall 2019)
• Joking Matters: Humor and Modern American Fiction (Fall 2019)
• Sex and Culture (Fall 2018, Spring 2019)
• American Mental Health (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018)
• Modernism / Modernity / America (Fall 2017, Spring 2018)
• Feeling American (Spring 2017)
• American Adolescence (Fall 2016)
Directed independent studies:
• Fall 2019 projects: “Capitalist Feeling” “Titanic Vs. Iceberg: Navigating Disruption,” and “Collegiate Eating Disorders”

Stanford University
• Smart Fiction of the Jazz Age: Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Wharton, & Others (Summer 2019)


• Modernist Studies Association Treasurer, 2019-.
• Reviewer, Arizona Quarterly, 2018-.
• Reviewer, College Literature, 2018-.
• English Department Lead, Assessment Committee, Menlo College, 2017-2019.
• Resident Fellow, Menlo College, 2017-.
• Mentor, Adjunct English Faculty, Menlo College, 2017-.
• Member, Faculty Senate, Menlo College, 2016-.
• Member, Stanford Humanities in Higher Education Workshop, Stanford University, Spring-Fall 2017.


• Member, Modern Language Association (MLA)
• Member, Modernist Studies Association (MSA)
• Member, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA)
• Member, Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW)
• Member, University of California Center for New Racial Studies
• Member, Edith Wharton Society


• French (advanced reading, intermediate writing and speaking)
• Spanish (elementary proficiency)

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