Director of Community Engagement & Associate Faculty
1 Wash Pl, Room 738
BA, Creative Writing and Visual Art, Eckerd College, 2003
MLA, Social and Political Thought, University of South Florida, 2009
Ph.D., Cultural Studies, George Mason University, 2017
Lisa Daily is a cultural studies scholar with broadly conceived interests centered on visual media, capitalist formations, humanitarianism, and consumer/commodity cultures with a focus on issues of in/justice and power regarding race, gender, class politics, and geopolitical divides. Her current work engages these themes through two related but distinct projects: a critical examination of the turn towards ethical capitalism, its response to capitalist crises, and attempts to make capitalism more equitable, sustainable, and “conscious.” Examples of this abound—from commodities that vow to “do good” with every purchase to the passing of B-Corp legislation. The next project focuses on humanitarianism and digital technologies, critically considering the techno-utopian promise of the “empathy machine” to more fully actualize the embodiment of distant suffering for privileged spectators. In addition to serving as Gallatin’s Director of Community Engagement, Daily serves on the governing board for the Cultural Studies Association. Prior to joining Gallatin, she 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.
visual culture and media, commodity circuits, business ethics, globalization, political economy, labor, consumer culture, inequality
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.