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Lisa Brawley Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies and American Studies and Director of Urban Studies

Lisa Brawley's scholarship and teaching focus on the interdisciplinary study of urbanism and urbanization in the United States, with a current focus on design and the just city.  She is author, with Elsa Devienne, of a bilingual book on Frederick Law Olmsted and agricultural modernity, D’après Nature: Frederick Law Olmsted et le Park Movement Américain (Paris: L’Edition Fahrenheit, 2014). Her courses include Introduction to Urban Studies, Empire/City, Urban Theory, Gender and Social Space, Visual Urbanism, Critical+Social Design, and the City in Fragments. In Spring 2019, she is collaborating with Sara Hendren on a senior urban studies seminar, “Design, Disability, and the Demos: Critical Access Studies and the Right to the City.”  She received her doctorate as a Whiting Fellow from the University of Chicago and joined Vassar’s Urban Studies Program in 2000.  

  • BA, Davidson College; MA, New York University; PhD, University of Chicago
  • At Vassar since 2000