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Assistant Professor, General Faculty, of Women, Gender & Sexuality
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Women, Gender & Sexuality

207 Levering Hall

PO Box 400172

Charlottesville, VA 22904-4172


B.A., Earlham College

M.Ed., University of Virginia

Ph.D., University of Virginia


Lisa Speidel has worked in the Charlottesville community for 24 years in multiple positions related to women, gender and sexuality studies. Her outreach services at the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) included training programs at UVA and working directly with sexual assault peer education groups on Grounds.  Her work and research focuses on examining the role of masculinity, healthy sexuality, gender based violence and the intersection of racism and other forms of systemic oppression. She also teaches women’s self-defense classes both in the community and as a credit-based class at UVA, and is developing a new self-defense program that focuses on acquaintance assault. At present she is working on an anthology that encompasses the unheard voices of navigating a sexually confusing culture. 



Speidel, Lisa (2014) , My Hips, Butt and Thighs Are My Friends, Huffington Post, April 24. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-speidel/my-hips-butt-and-thighs-a_b_5207129.html

Speidel, Lisa (2014) Exploring the Intersection of Race and Gender in Self-Defense Training, Violence Against Women, March 2014, vol. 20 no. 3 309-325.

Speidel, Lisa and Jason Jones, (2013) Mentoring Masculinities at the University of Virginia (publication in the ACPA Standing Committee for Men & Masculinities (SCMM) and NASPA Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community's joint newsletter, The Changing Faces of College Men)

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Fall 2017 Office Hours: Monday 12:45-1:45pm and by appointment

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Adjunct Faculty