Lisa Young

Assistant Professor

Address: 22A Glebe Street, Room 101
Office Hours: Thursdays, 3-5pm; 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 dissertation, Lethal Housing: Reading Restrictive Covenants and Urban Black Women’s Grassroots Health Activism, 1930-1980, won the national American Studies Association's Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for best dissertation in the field. 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 invisible legal status inspired new forms of medical and public health activism by Black women writers. She has worked previously as a research associate with the US Department of Transportation in Washington, DC.


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
  • Environmental criticism
  • History of race and medicine

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).

Young, Lisa and Mangala Subramaniam. “Ecocritical Consciousness Meets Oppositional Consciousness: Reading Early Black Chicago Housing Activism through an Environmental Lens.” Sociological Focus. (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)