about the author


Lisa Ann Villarreal, Ph.D.

After a peripatetic undergraduate career as a quadruple major and double minor (English / French / Philosophy / International Relations with a side of Gender Studies and World Literature), I found a home in Stanford University’s Department of Comparative Literature, where I earned my Ph.D. in 2013 with a dissertation on Modernism and the aesthetics of print media. While there, I taught in Stanford’s Program in Writing and Rhetoric, tutored ESL students, and completed training in second-language teaching.

Starting in Fall 2012, I taught literature and writing at Notre Dame de Namur University and San Francisco State University. I also served as a Writing and Oral Communications instructor at Menlo College beginning Fall 2015.

In September 2019 I was hired to oversee the tutoring program at Menlo College as the Associate Director of Student Academic Support. Alongside this work, I continue to teach in the Department of Comparative and World Literature at SFSU.

My research spans nineteenth and twentieth century literature and cultural history, but my methodology is theory-driven, influenced by phenomenology, aesthetics, and Critical Theory. If you want to know all the vital statistics, you can visit my profile on academia.edu.

If you’d like to contact me regarding my research or teaching, feel free to e-mail me: