Lisa Daily is a Cultural Studies scholar whose work focuses on the intersection of consumer and commodity culture, global capitalism, visuality and media, and in/justice. In particular, her work critically examines an ongoing movement within capitalism to make it “better”—more conscious, caring, and ethical. Examples of this abound—from the recent passing of Benefit Corporation legislation throughout the US, to organizations such as Conscious Capitalism™ to consumer-activism and commodities that vow to “do good” with every purchase. Daily is currently a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at George Mason University and serves on the governing board for the Cultural Studies Association where she also acts as chair for the Visual Culture Working Group. Prior to joining Gallatin, Daily managed several grant-funded creative writing and cultural exchange programs at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa and taught Global Affairs, Cultural Studies, and humanities courses at George Mason University and the University of South Florida.
Teaching and Research Interests
consumer culture, visual culture, commodity circuits, business ethics, globalization and (unequal) capital flows
BA Creative Writing and Visual Art & East Asian Studies, Eckerd College, 2003 MLA Social and Political Thought, University of South Florida, 2009
In November 2016, Professor Lisa Daily presented a paper at the National Communication Association in Philadelphia entitled, “The Politics of Production and the Ethics of Empowerment: from Crafting Economies of Change to Commodity Activism.”
In December 2016, Professor Daily published a chapter entitled, “’Change your Underwear, Change the World:’ Entrepreneurial Activism & the Fate of Utopias in an Era of Ethical Capital,” in DIY Utopias (Rowman and Littlefield, edited by Amber Day). She will also be giving a talk at Bryant University in honor of the book’s release in March 2017.