Lisa Corrigan

A Quest for Justice

Posted: October 8, 2017 at 1 a.m.

"I cannot count the number of times students have told me about the dramatic positive influence that Dr. Corrigan has had on their lives. She is so much more than an amazing teacher and world-class scholar, she is also a caring and talented mentor to many students and faculty." -- Dean Todd Shields about Lisa Corrigan
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"I cannot count the number of times students have told me about the dramatic positive influence that Dr. Corrigan has had on their lives. She is so much more than an amazing teacher and world-class scholar, she is also a caring and talented mentor to many students and faculty." -- Dean Todd Shields about Lisa Corrigan

Lisa Corrigan, University of Arkansas associate professor of communications, director of the Gender Studies Program and affiliate faculty in both African and African-American studies and Latin American studies, is smaller in person than one would expect, given her larger-than-life social media presence and literary voice. The author of the award-winning book Prison Power: How Prison Influenced the Movement for Black Liberation frequently takes to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to espouse her advocacy. Her gaze is direct and lively behind large glasses, and she talks fast -- really, really fast -- during a wide-ranging conversation that covers myriad topics germane to the current cultural and anthropological landscape of America: the state of health care (especially in Arkansas), systemic racism and sexism, the rise of the modern white supremacist movement as backlash against our first African-American president, the definition of "white fragility," the importance of political activism ... and the emotional unavailability of Batman that makes him such a bad choice for a boyfriend.

Through Others’ Eyes

“Perhaps it seems high-minded to say, but Lisa is an advocate for humanity, so it should be no surprise that she has a big personality: forceful but warm, self-assured but not self-absorbed, witty without cutting, hardworking but loves a good time, terrific at helping others build their own agency and ‘suffering fools’ is not her strong suit.” — Arkansas State Sen. Joyce Elliott

“Lisa is not just working hard to advance her career, she’s working hard on behalf of issues that she believes very deeply in. There’s nothing phony about it. She has a profound philosophical and moral belief in justice and equality and a really humane approach to the world.” — Sierra Club campaign representative and friend Stephen Stetson

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