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Lisa M. Stepanski

Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences; Professor of English

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Ph.D., University of New Hampshire; M.A., B.A., Boston College


I consider myself very fortunate that my professional life is centered around two activities I have always loved: reading and writing. As Bacon says, " Reading maketh a full man." So many books, so little time. And so I spend a great deal of time in my classes encouraging students' awareness of how their own literacy shapes their relationships with the many texts of the world: books, television, movies, advertising, other people. At the heart of the Emmanuel English department's mission is the belief that all the world's a text - a highly persuasive one at that. An Emmanuel English major helps students to become savvy consumers of the many messages that we read every day and to make smart, ethical choices regarding the use of language.

  • "Forty Photos in Lent." Spirit and Life Magazine, Mar/April 2019
  • "Why I Drive From Boston for a Coventry Christmas Tree." Hartford Courant, 7 Dec. 2018
  • "'Like Sportive Birds': The Girl Aviators Series and the Culture of Flight in America, 1911-1912."  Journal of Popular Culture (peer-reviewed), Aug. 2012, vol. 45, issue 4
  • The Home Schooling of Louisa May Alcott: How Her Father and Mother Educated an American Writer. Mellen Press, 2011
  • Book Review of  From Birdwomen to Skygirls: American Girls' Aviation Stories, Journal of Popular Culture, Dec. 2010 
  • Book Review of  Women, Wellness and the MediaJournal of Popular Culture, Oct. 2009
  • Book Review of  Tupperware Unsealed: Brownie Wise, Earl Tupper, and the Home Party Pioneers," Journal of Popular Culture, Aug. 2009
  • "The Big To-Do."  Us Catholic Magazine, Jan. 2007
  • Book Review of  At Day's Close: Night in Times Past. Journal of Popular Culture. Dec. 2006
  • Book Review of Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time. Oct. 2006 Northesast Popular Culture Association Newsletter
  • "Edward Bellamy," "Literacy" and "Pratt & Whitney Aircraft." Entries appear in  The Encyclopedia of New England Culture, Yale University Press, 2005. Eds. Feintuch and Waters
  • “Becoming a Nurse-Writer: Advice on Writing for Professional Publication.”  Journal of Infusion Nursing Mar/Apr 2002, vol. 25, no. 2
  • “The Nurse as Rhetorician:  Writing the Clinically-Based Article for Professional Publication.”  Journal of Intravenous Nursing, Mar/Apr. 1999, vol. 22, no. 2
  • “Ann Beattie.”  American Women Writers Supplement, Continuum Publishing Co., 1994. Eds. Carol Hurd Green and Mary G. Mason
  • “You Needn’t Wait till You’re 39 to Skip Birthdays—If You Can Leap.”  Boston Sunday Globe, 13 Mar. 1988

Summer Fellowships, Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston, MA Summer 2009-2010

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