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Lisa Brawley Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies and American Studies on the Anne McNiff Tatlock Chair

Lisa Brawley received her PhD as a Whiting Fellow from the University of Chicago and joined Vassar’s Urban Studies Program in 2000. She currently serves as Tatlock Chair of Multidisciplinary Studies.

She works in the fields of critical urban studies, feminist theory, and American Studies. Her scholarship and teaching engage processes of capitalist urbanization in the long 20th century in the U.S.  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). She has also written on urban food systems and food sovereignty; boomtown suburbanization on Guantanamo Bay; spatial justice and neoliberal urbanization; the visual registers of everyday urbanism; and the role of photography and cinema in the 1969 Plan of New York City.

Her courses include Introduction to Urban Studies, Empire/City, Urban Theory, Gender and Social Space, Visual Urbanism, Media Theory, Critical+Social Design, and with Heesok Chang, the City in Fragments. In 2013, she served as resident director of the Vassar London Program, where she taught the field-based course, Tactical Urbanism: London.


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