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Lisa Young

Assistant Professor

Address: 22A Glebe Street, Room 101
Office Hours: MW from 12-2pm, 3:30-5:30pm, and by appointment

Lisa Young completed her Ph.D. in American Studies with a focus in Science, Technology, and Environmental Studies. Before coming to the College of Charleston, she completed a postdoc in African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research examines the intersections between race, housing, health/wellness, and the environment. Specifically, she is interested in the enduring legacy of the racial restrictive covenant and how its legal invisibility inspired new forms of medical and public health activism by Black women writers. She has worked previously as a policy analyst with the federal government. 


Ph.D., American Studies, Purdue University 
M.A., American Studies/Women’s Studies, Purdue University 
B.A., English, Claflin University 

Research Interests

  • race and literature
  • housing
  • health
  • sustainability/resiliency

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 300: Afrofuturism
  • ENGL 315: Black Women Writers
  • ENGL 110: Intro to Academic Writing 


Dissertation: Lethal Housing: Reading Restrictive Covenants and Urban Black Women’s Grassroots Health Activism, 1930-1980, Purdue University, (2017).
Morris, Pamala, Lisa Young, Shalyse Tindell, and Eric O’Rear. “Teaching Assistant Perspectives on Diversity and Social Justice Education Course for Collegiate Agriculture Students.” North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. (2016)
Brown, Nadia and Lisa Young. “Moving Beyond Black Women’s Bodies to Indict Institutions and Structures.” National Political Science Review. 17(2): 45-56. (2015)