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Lisa A. Costello - Georgia Southern University. Statesboro, GA, US

Lisa A. Costello

Professor, Writing and Linguistics & Director, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program | Georgia Southern University


Lisa Costello researches writing, gender and the Holocaust.



Dr. Costello is an active interdisciplinary scholar, which means she works on several projects simultaneously. Currently, Dr. Costello's manuscript on public memory and the Holocaust is under contract, with a focus on third generation survivors, gender performance, affect, and new media. She has an article under review on the Holocaust film Shoah and its absence of female testimony (using digital archives). Dr. Costello is also working with a national coalition on an article that explores program structure and university policy around WGSS Programs, including a national survey of WGSS Program Directors as well as an article about LGBTQ+ survey data to analyze campus climate at Georgia Southern around these issues.

Since fall 2017, Dr. Costello has also been managing a $100,000 grant to expand LGBTQ+ resources, research, and curriculum on campus, which will grow (with a second grant) to become an active Research Institute with scholarships and research stipends. Dr. Costello actively works to make GSU more diverse and inclusive. In addition to the grant award, she serves on the President’s Diversity Advisory Council (to increase diversity and inclusion in hiring and policy) as well as serving as Diversity Faculty Fellow to teach teachers about how to expand diversity and inclusion practices in their classroom. She advises the National Organization for Women’s student chapter on campus and mentors Honors students as the Honors Coordinator for Writing and Linguistics. With an interdisciplinary cohort on campus, she is building Online Honors Thesis Modules for Honors students without mentors, slated for release in 2019.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Rhetoric and Public Memory

Genocide Studies

Women's and Gender Studies

The Holocaust

Writing and Linguistics

Interdisciplinary Studies

Education (3)

Louisiana State University: Ph.D., Rhetoric and Composition Studies 2007

California State University Long Beach: M.A., Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century American Literature 2002

California State University Long Beach: B.A., Recreation and Leisure Studies 1993

Articles (5)

Standing Up and Standing Together: Feminist Teaching and Collaborative Mentoring

Feminist Teacher

2015 [in print spring 2017]

Blogging a Research Paper?: Researched Blogs as New Models of Public Discourse

Teaching English in the Two Year College


Performative Memory: Form and Content in The Jewish Museum Berlin



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Performative Auto/biography in Ruth Klüger’s Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered

a/b: Auto/Biography Studies


The New Art of Revision?: Research Papers, Blogs, and the First Year Writing Classroom

Teaching English in the Two Year College