Lisa Long

Professor of English



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After nearly two decades teaching American literature, gender & women's studies, and writing at North Central; serving in several leadership positions within the faculty, including Faculty Speaker; and spending five years hiring, evaluating and supervising 50+ faculty members in the Division of Arts & Letters, in 2017, Lisa A. Long was appointed Dean of College Programs and Special Assistant to the Provost. In this role she leads the campus's General Education and Interdisciplinary programs, including the Shimer Great Books School; leads strategic initiatives such as reaccreditation and our semester transition process; contributes to strategic planning activities; liaises with external bodies and facilitates grant applications; and serves as a Title IX Deputy Coordinator. She continues to pursue research on popular nineteenth-century American women writers, African American literature, and Southeast Asian American literature.

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Selected Scholarship

 “A New Midwesternism in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.” Twentieth-Century Literature 49.2 (Spring 2013): 87-108.

“Physics and Faith in the Works of Elizabeth Stuart Phelps.” Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and  the Philosophy of History 42.3 (Summer 2013): 359-83.

“Contemporary Women’s Roles Through Hmong, Vietnamese, and American Eyes.”  Frontiers: A  Journal of Women’s Studies 29.1 (Spring 2008): 1-36.

White Scholars/African American Texts, Editor (Newark, NJ:  Rutgers UP, 2005) 245 pages.

Rehabilitating Bodies:  Health, History, and the American Civil War (Philadelphia:  U of Pennsylvania P, 2003) 332 pages.

Courses Taught

ENG 115: First-Year Writing

IDS 125: First-Year Seminar: What is the Midwest?

ENG 207: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Literature

ENG 301: Studies in American Literature: African American Women Writers

ENG 307: Studies in Literature of Cultural Identity: Vietnam & Southeast Asian American Literature

ENG 403: Seminar in Fiction: Nineteenth-Century American Bestsellers

ENG 407: Seminar in Selected Authors: Henry James