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Lisa Hager

Lisa Hager

  • Associate Professor of English & Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
  • Honors Program Coordinator, College of General Studies


Ph.D. in English, University of Florida, May 2008

Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Florida, Spring 2003


isa Hager is an Associate Professor of English and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Waukesha, where they coordinate the College of General Studies Honors Program. Lisa also edits, along with their colleague Dr. Anna Maria Jones, the academic journal Prose Studies: History, Theory, Criticism.

Their current book project looks at the intersections of trans studies and Victorian studies, and they have published articles on Victorian sexology, the New Woman, aestheticism and decadence, steampunk, digital humanities, and trans and queer studies. Their article on “female husbands,” which will be part of this monograph, was awarded the Surridge Prize for Best Article Published in Victorian Review and the North American Victorian Studies Association Donald Gray Prize for the Best Essay Published in the Field of Victorian Studies in 2021.

Research areas

Victorian literary culture, trans and queer studies, steampunk, digital humanities, and aestheticism


Journal Articles

“A Case for a Trans Studies Turn in Victorian Studies: ‘Female Husbands’ of the Nineteenth Century.” Victorian Review, vol. 44, no. 1, 2018, pp. 37-54.

“Towards a Public Humanities: Academic Blogging and The Journal Of Victorian Culture Online.” Journal of Victorian Culture, vol. 18, no. 2, 2013, pp. 273-279.

“Embodying Agency: Ouida’s Sensational Shaping of the British New Woman.” Women’s Writing, vol. 22, no. 2, 2013, pp. 235-246.

Introduction and Response for “A Roundtable on Paul St George’s Telectroscope.” The Journal of Victorian Culture, vol. 17, no. 4, 2012, pp. 517; 535-536.

“‘Saving the World before Bedtime’: The Powerpuff Girls, Citizenship, and the Little Girl Superhero.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, vol. 33, no. 1, 2008, pp. 62-78.

“Slumming with the New Woman: Fin-de-Siècle Sexual Inversion, Reform Work, and Sisterhood in Rhoda Broughton’s Dear Faustina.” Women’s Writing, vol. 14, no. 3, 2007, pp. 460-475.

“A Community of Women: Women’s Agency and Sexuality in George Egerton’s Keynotes and Discords.” Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, vol. 2, no. 2, 2006.

Edited Journal Issues

Representation, Space, and Place: Creating Access and Support for LGBTQIA+ Students at Community Colleges. Co-Edited and Co-Wrote Editors’ Note and Postscript with Jo Teut and Amy Reddinger. New Directions for Community Colleges, no. 188, 2019.

Struggle & Hustle: Queer Nonfiction ProseProse Studies: History, Theory, Criticism, vol. 42, no. 3, 2021.

Articles in Essay Collections

“The Alchemy of Aether: Steampunk as Reading Practice in Karina Cooper’s Tarnished and Gilded.” Like Clockwork: Steampunk Pasts, Presents, and Futures, edited by Rachel A. Bowser and Brian Croxall, University of Minnesota Press, 2016, pp. 179-197.

“Steampunk Technologies of Gender: Deryn Sharp’s Non-Binary Gender Identity in Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan Series.” Virtual Victorians: Networks, Connections, Technologies, edited by Veronica Alfano and Andrew Stauffer, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp. 215-229.

“Embodying Agency: Ouida’s Sensational Shaping of the British New Woman.” Rediscovering Victorian Women Sensation Writers, edited by Anne-Marie Beller and Tara MacDonald, Routledge, 2014, pp. 90-101.

“Aiming to Misbehave at the Boundary between the Human and the Machine: The Queer Steampunk Ecology of Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Serenity.” The Philosophy of Joss Whedon, edited by Dean Kowalski and Evan Kreider, University Press of Kentucky, 2011, pp. 182-193.

Invited Blog Posts And Other Digital Publications

“A Queer Love Letter to TelsaCon III.” Featured in Roger Whitson’s “Steampunk Anachronisms: Queer Histories of the Digital Humanities.” Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, no. 28, 2015,

“Welcoming Trans Academics:” Insider Higher Ed, 27 August 2015,

“Queer Cogs: Steampunk, Gender Identity, and Sexuality.” Steampunk Week 2012., 4, October 2012,