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 AmericaOxford University Press, 2019 (UK) and 2020 (US). 256 pages.

Journal articles

•“The Generative Dissensus of Reading the Feminist Novel, 1995-2020: A Computational Analysis of Interpretive Communities.” With Anna Mukamal. Journal of Cultural Analytics, vol. 11, 2021, pp. 31–73.
• “Diagnosing Desire: Mental Health and Modern American Literature, 1890-1955.” American Literary History, vol. 33, no. 3, 2021, pp. 601–19.
• “Modernism & Diagnosis.” With Heather A. Love. Modernism/modernity, vol. 6, cycle 2, 2021.
• “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, 23–52.
• “Feeling Hard-Boiled: Modern Sentimentalism and Frances Newman’s The Hard-Boiled Virgin.American Literary History, vol. 26, no. 4, 2014, pp. 693–715.
• “Resonant Silence: Love, Desire, and Intimacy in Suzan-Lori Parks’s Venus.GRAMMA, vol. 17, 2009, 129–44.
• “Critical Thinking and Reading.” Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, vol. 51, no. 4, 2007, pp. 300–02.

Book chapters

• “Species of Sentiment.” Nineteenth-Century American Literature in Transition, vol. IV, edited by Lindsay Reckson and Cody Marrs, Cambridge University Press, volume under contract.
• “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, 2021.
• “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.


• NEH Research Fellowship, The Huntington Library, September 2021-May 2022
• Harris Manchester College / Oxford University Summer Research Institute Fellowship, Menlo College, 2020 *Deferred to 2022
• Digital Humanities Summer Institute Scholarship, University of Victoria, 2020 *Deferred to 2022
• 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


• “Women’s Bodies and the Sentimental State.” Modernist Studies Association Conference, 2021. *Canceled due to COVID-19
• “Free Love and Hard-Boiled Sentiment.” Modernism from the Heart: Emotion, Sincerity, and the Novel Symposium, University of Bristol, 2021.
• “Mental Health in the Anti-Oppressive COVID-19 Classroom.” Lectures in Clinical Training for Doctoral Students, Palo Alto University-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, Atherton, 2021.
• “The Sentimental Science of Modern Selfhood.” Centre for Modernist Cultures, University of Birmingham, 2021.
• “TherapyTexts.” With Mark Algee-Hewitt, Anna Mukamal, and Kendra Terry. Stanford Literary Lab, 2021.
• “Narcissism and Neoimperialism.” Modern Language Association Conference, 2021.
• “Collective Imaginaries: The DH Version.” Modern Language Association Conference, 2021.
• “Women’s Bodies and the Sentimental State.” Rutgers University-Camden Department of English, 2020.


Menlo College
• 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)

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, Modernist Cultures, 2021–; Legacy, 2021–; 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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