As a high school dropout turned professor, Lisa is the living embodiment of a non-traditional student.

lisa modenos, lecturer

As a high school dropout turned professor, Lisa is the living embodiment of a non-traditional student. Being the first member of her immigrant family to attend college made her college experiences less than smooth at times; but through perseverance, an intense love for Anthropology and social justice, along with incredible professors who inspired her and advised her, she eventually accomplished what no one in her family (including herself at times) had thought possible: she earned her PhD.

Lisa’s teaching philosophy is one that emphasizes inclusiveness, openness, curiosity and humor. As an instructor Lisa’s passion has become helping other non-traditional students to navigate the often intimidating and sometimes confusing landscape of academia. And just as she was inspired by her advisor at the City University of New York at Queens College in the field of Anthropology and Social Justice, she seeks to inspire her own students to view the world through a more inclusive, cross-cultural, and critical lens, regardless of their chosen field or concentration.

educational background

B.A., Anthropology, Queens College, City University of NY
M.A., Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

teaching interests

Cultural anthropology and cross-cultural studies, social justice, identity, critical theory regarding race, class and gender, peace and conflict studies, ethnography, nationalism and ethnicity. 

personal interests

Lisa loves crossword puzzles, boxing, and thanks to her mother’s recipe, patience and guidance, she is proud to say that she makes a mean baklava.