For a complete 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 & Digital Humanities, Menlo College, 2016-

Instructor, Continuing Studies, Stanford University, Summer 2019

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


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



• Modern Sentimentalism: Affect, Irony, and Female Authorship in Interwar America, Oxford University Press, 2019 (UK) and 2020 (US). 256 pages.

Journal articles

• “Modernism & Diagnosis.” With Heather A. Love. Modernism/modernity, forthcoming.
• “Character Defects: The Racialized Addict and Nella Larsen’s Passing.” Modernism/modernity, vol. 26, no. 4, 2019, pp. 727–52.
• 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, 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 the Literary History of Modern Women Writers: Teaching Quantitative Methods to Undergraduates.” Teaching Modernist Women Writers in English, edited by Janine Utell, MLA Options for Teaching Series, volume forthcoming.
• “Aesthetics and Affect.” The Routledge Guide to Politics and Literature in English, edited by Matthew Stratton, Routledge, volume under contract.
• “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.


• Harris Manchester College / Oxford University Summer Research Institute Fellowship, Menlo College, 2020 *Postponed due to COVID-19
• Digital Humanities Summer Institute Scholarship, University of Victoria, 2020 *Postponed due to COVID-19
• 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


• “Narcissism and Neoimperialism.” Modern Language Association Conference, Toronto, 2021.
• “Charismatic Cohorts.” Modern Language Association Conference, Toronto, 2021.
• “Mental Health and Medical Ethics in Times of Crisis.” With Susannah Cahalan and Dominic Sisti. CoVid-19: Critical/Creative Studies in Music, Image, and Text, 2020.
• “Personhood.” With Mark Algee-Hewitt, J.D. Porter, Hannah Walser, Victoria Googasian, Nichole Nomura, and Charlotte Lindemann. Stanford Literary Lab, 2020.
• “Sex and Sentiment: Writing The Emotional History of the Modern Woman.” San Francisco State University Department of English, 2020. *Postponed due to COVID-19
• “Gender Equity in Contemporary American Literature and Culture.” Keynote: Recognizing Leaders In Gender Equity, Menlo College, 2020.
• “Sex Scenes, More or Less.” South Bay Writers Club, Santa Clara, 2020.
• “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.
• “Diagnosing America: Mental Health and Modern Literature, 1890-1940.” Americanist Research Colloquium, UCLA Department of English, 2019.
• “Sex and Sentiment: Affect, Irony, and Female Authorship in Interwar America.” UCLA Department of English, 2019.
• “Diagnosing America: Mental Health and Modern Literature, 1890-1940.” Second Book Project, 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.


Menlo College, Atherton, California
• Digital Humanities and Cultural Analytics (Fall 2020)
• Messy Subjects: Identity and the Body (Fall 2019, Spring 2020)
• Joking Matters: Humor and Modern American Fiction (Fall 2019, Fall 2020)
• 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:
• 2019-2020 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)


• Treasurer, Modernist Studies Association, 2019–.
• Member, CoVid-19: Critical/Creative Studies in Music, Image, and Text Steering Collective, 2020–.
• Reviewer, Modernism/modernity, 2020–; American Literary History, 2020–; Leisure Studies, 2020–; Religion & Literature, 2019–; Arizona Quarterly, 2018–; College Literature, 2018–.
• Mentor, Adjunct English Faculty, Menlo College, 2017–.
• Member, Faculty Senate, Menlo College, 2016–.
• Resident Fellow, Menlo College, 2017–2020.
• Co-Chair, General Education Program Review, Menlo College, 2019-2020.
• English Department Lead, Assessment Committee, Menlo College, 2017-2019.
• Member, Stanford Humanities in Higher Education Workshop, Stanford University, Spring-Fall 2017.


• Member, Modern Language Association (MLA)
• Member, Modernist Studies Association (MSA)
• Member, American Studies Association (ASA)
• 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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