About Lisa Higgins

Areas of Research Interest:

  • 19th & 20th Century American Literature and History
  • Women's Studies
  • Writing for Nonprofits and the Professions
  • The Teaching of Writing and Literature
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • British Modernism

Recent Courses Taught:

  • Composition & Research (focuses on Careers, Chicago, Service Learning)
  •  Developmental Writing
  • American Literature Surveys
  • Bible and Mythology in Literature
  • Introductions to Literature, Poetry, Drama, Fiction

Current Projects:

  • Co-chair of Literature Program
  • Service Learning in Engl 1101 Honors
  • The Page Turners Club
  • Article on Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
  • Auxiliary Board of Hephzibah Children's Association, Oak Park, IL
  • Professional and Vocational Guidance Information Literacy Module, with Ameet Doshi

Selected Publications, Presentations, Performances, Books:

  • "Adulterous Individualism, Socialism and Free Love in 19th Century Anti-Suffrage Writing." Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. October 2004.
  • "Fundraising Jobs Add Value to a PhD." Lore: An E-Journal for Teachers of Writing. Winter 2003. <www.bedfordstmartins.com/lore/strategies/index.htm>
  • "The Silenced 'Fair Orator': Hester Prynne as Public Woman." Nathaniel Hawthorne Society Conference, Salem, Mass., July 1-4, 2004
  • "Mrs. Potiphar-type' Individualism and the Debate Over Women's Suffrage in 19th Century America." Faculty Seminar. Dominican University, March 3, 2004
  • "Phillis Wheatley: American Slave, American Poet." Guest lecturer for the "Celebration of American Poetry" program. Thomas Ford Memorial Library, Western Springs, IL, April 5, 2001.
  • Discussion Leader, "Choices for the 21st Century Education Project," a project of Brown University and the Illinois Humanities Council, September-October 2000 Education: Ph.D. in English with Women's Studies Concentration, University of Illinois at Chicago MA in English, University of Illinois at Chicago BA in English with Philosophy minor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Awards and Recognitions:

Who's Who of American College Teachers 2007, Woodrow Wilson Practicum Grant, Longman/HarperCollins Writing Fellowship (Excellence in Teaching Composition), The Frederick Stern Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (UIC), Phi Beta Kappa, University Honors