Lisa Goff

Assistant Professor, English, and Director of Undergraduate Programs


102B Bryan Hall

Office hours: Friday 1 - 4 p.m.

PhD, University of Virginia

Lisa Goff joined the American Studies faculty in the fall of 2012 and has a joint appointment with the Department of English. A cultural historian who studies the American landscape, she teaches classes in cultural landscapes, public history, theories and methods of American Studies, the history of journalism, and gender and social media. She recently launched a new digital history project, Take Back the Archive, dedicated to the history of sexual violence at the university. She is also director of the Institute for Public History, which places students in paid internships at museums, archives, and historic sites in central Virginia. 

Her first book, Shantytown, USA: Forgotten Landscapes of the Working Poor, was published in April 2016 by Harvard University Press. The book argues that shantytowns constitute an alternative vision of American urban space between 1820 and 1940, and that conflicts over shantytowns as places and symbols of working-poor culture were an essential element in the formation of twentieth-century class difference in the United States. She is currently working on a second book project, which examines restoration as a theoretical concept and a practical application that spans disciplines, geographies, and centuries.

She is currently American Studies’ Director of Undergraduate Programs.

David Singerman

Visiting Scholar of American Studies and the Americas Center

Kasey Keeler

Postdoctoral Fellow, Native American Studies

Marlene Daut

Associate Professor, English and Woodson Institute of African and American American Studies

Camilla Fojas

Associate Professor, Media Studies

Jessica Sewell

Associate Professor, Urban Planning

Lawrie Balfour

Professor, Politics

Carmen Lamas

Assistant Professor, English

Barbara Moriarty

Administrative Assistant, American Studies

Ashley M. Williams

Lecturer, Anthropology

Jennifer Greeson

Associate Professor, English

Jack Hamilton

Assistant Professor, Media Studies

Lisa Goff

Assistant Professor, English, and Director of Undergraduate Programs

Sandhya Shukla

Associate Professor, English

Anna Brickhouse

Professor, English. Director of American Studies and the Distinguished Majors Program

Sylvia Chong

Associate Professor, English

Matthew Hedstrom

Associate Professor, Religious Studies

Carmenita Higginbotham

Associate Professor, Art History

Grace Hale

Professor, History