Dr. Lisa McGunigal

Assistant Professor of English Instruction
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Lisa McGunigal joined the English department at Hope College in fall 2019. Her research looks at the intersection of nineteenth-century American literary realism and performance studies.

Areas of expertise

  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • Early Twentieth-Century American Literature
  • African American Literature
  • Performance Studies
  • Cultural Studies


  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2017
  • M.A, University of Virginia, 2011
  • B.A., University of Rhode Island, 2009

honors, grants and awards

  • Lillian Gary Taylor Fellowship in American Literature, University of Virginia Special Collections Library, 2019
  • Wallis Annenberg Research Grant, University of Southern California Special Collections Library, 2019
  • Quarry Farm Residency Fellowship, The Center for Mark Twain Studies, 2019

Selected publications 

  • “From Salonnière to Author: Clover Adams’s Salon as Parapolitical Theater and Henry Adams’s Salon Realism in Democracy,” American Literary Realism 52.1, fall 2019 
  • “Shifting’ the Black Abolitionist Panorama: Subversive Realism in Pauline Hopkins’s Winona,” Nineteenth Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal 40.5, fall 2018
  • “The Criminal Trial of Anne Hutchinson: Ritual, Religion, and Law,” Mosaic 49.2, June 2016
  • “Twins of Genius: Mark Twain on the Stage, Huck Finn on the Page,” Mark Twain Annual 9.1, 2011
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Dr. Lisa McGunigal

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Lubbers Hall Room 315 126 East 10th Street Holland, MI 49423
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