Dr. Beringer is an interdisciplinary scholar exploring the intersection of race, ethnicity, and gender in 20th and 21st century American culture. Her primary research looks at how African American satire is a point of social resistance to, and a critique of, racism, discrimination, and sexism in modern American culture. Dr. Beringer is a frequent public speaker and facilitator of community forums on diversity issues. Prior to coming to Defiance College in the fall of 2022, Dr. Beringer taught at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin; Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Purdue University-Fort Wayne.
Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Humor Studies, Sociology, American Studies, Cultural Diversity & Multiculturalism, Harlem Renaissance, African American Satire, Critical Race Studies, and 20th and 21st century African American satire, history, and literature.
Beringer, Lisa. “Augusta Savage.” The Harlem Renaissance: An Encyclopedia of Arts, Culture,
and History. Venetria K. Patton and Kwakiutl L. Dreher, Editors. ABC-CLIO, LLC,
(Forthcoming March 2023.)
Beringer, Lisa. “Comedy: American Style.” The Harlem Renaissance: An Encyclopedia of
Arts, Culture, and History. Venetria K. Patton and Kwakiutl L. Dreher, Editors. ABC-CLIO,
LLC, (Forthcoming March 2023.)
Beringer, Lisa. “Resistance TV: In Search of Racism’s Off Switch.” Studies in American Humor,
Vol. 8, No.1, 2022, pp. 75-94.
Beringer McKissack, Lisa. Women of the Harlem Renaissance. Compass Point Books, 2007.
Author page -- Cultural Commentary on Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Popular Culture:
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS & PANELS
“Writing in the Interstitials: Making Visible What Is Erased in Fran Ross’s Oreo and
Alice Randall’s The Wind Done Gone” as part of panel entitled “‘What Becomes Us’: Black Women Writers and the Storytelling
Process.” Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. University of
Louisville, February 24-26, 2022.
“From Dissertation to Manuscript,” Panelist, as part of American Humor Society Association M. Thomas Inge First Book Workshop, Works-in-Progress Conference, Virtual Conference, July 23, 2021.
“Resistance TV: In Search of Racism’s Off Switch,” as part of American Humor Society Association Panel: “Joy & Anguish: Laughter and Subversion in African American Satire.” Modern Language Association Annual Conference. Seattle, January 2020.
“Resistance and the Code: Twenty-first Century Satire in the Internet Age,” as part of panel:
“Satire, Seniors, and Sexuality: Fomenting Dissent in Twenty-first Century Representations of
Blackness.” American Studies Association Annual Conference. Chicago, November 2017.
“The New Black Aesthetic: Striving to be ‘Uncategorizable’.” Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. University of Louisville, February 2017.
‟Behold the Invisible! Killing Illusion and Restoring the Self in the Invisible Man Epistemology.” Purdue American Studies Annual Symposium, April 2012.
“‘Miss Amy Denver Of Boston’: Reimagining Amy Denver as Slave in Toni Morrison’s Beloved" Purdue American Studies Annual Symposium, April 2011.
AWARDS, HONORS & FELLOWSHIPS
American Humor Studies Association, M. Thomas Inge First Book Workshop, June 2021-present.
Ivy Tech Community College, President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction, Northeast Region Winner, 2015.
Ivy Tech Community College, Glenn W. Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction, Northeast Region Nominee to Statewide competition, 2015.
Cecelia Zissis Graduate Student Award, Purdue University, 2013
Cecelia Zissis Graduate Student Award, Purdue University, 2012.
Chester E. Eisinger Prize Award for excellence in scholarly writing, Purdue University, 2012.
Chester E. Eisinger Prize Award for excellence in scholarly writing, Purdue University, 2011.
Olga R. Mead Memorial Graduate Student, Pennsylvania State University, 1996.
Penn State University Graduate Fellowship, 1996.
Ph.D. in American Studies at Purdue University
M.A. in American Studies at Penn State at Harrisburg
B.A. in Sociology at St. Norbert College