Dr. Lisa S. Mastrangelo

Dr. Lisa S. Mastrangelo

Associate Professor of English, Director of Composition
Phone: ext. 2331
Email: Lisa.Mastrangelo@centenaryuniversity.edu

Academic Achievements

Bachelor Degree/Major/Institution

B.A. English, Mount Holyoke College


M.A. English, State University of New York at Albany


Ph.D Rhetoric and Composition, State University of New York at Albany

Areas of Greatest Professional Interest

Writing Program Administration, First Year Writing, First Year Retention, Writing Instruction in the Progressive Era, Women’s Rhetoric, Community Cookbooks


Dr. Mastrangelo joined the Centenary faculty in 2014, after 15 years of teaching at St. Elizabeth University.  Dr. Mastrangelo currently serves as the Director of Composition and is one of the campus faculty teaching in the Writing Major.  She regularly teaches courses in First Year Writing, Professional Writing, Writing for a Digital World, and Rhetorical Theory.  Dr. Mastrangelo is an active member of the Council of Writing Program Administrators and Past President of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition.

Recent Publications/Presentations

Dr. Mastrangelo presents regularly at the Conference on College Composition and Communication and the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference.  Recently, she presented at the Asociacion Latinoamericana de Estudios de la Escritura Conference in Santiago, Chile, with Dr. Erin Andersen.



Writing a Progressive Past: Women Teaching and Writing in the Progressive Era, Parlor Press, 2012.


“Using the Archives to Teach Slow Research and Create Connections” Teaching Rhetoric and Composition in the Archives, Eds. Tarez Graban and Wendy Hayden, Southern Illinois UP, 2022.

“Genre Bending and Spiritual Resistance:  Mina Pächter’s Concentration Camp ‘Cookbook.’” Rhetoric Review, vol. 40, no. 2, spring 2021, pp. 138-152.  Doi 10.1080/07350198.2021.1883797

**winner, Rhetoric Review Theresa Enos Memorial Award, runner-up 

“When Literature Faculty Members Must Teach Composition: The Need for Chair-Director Collaboration.”  Co-written with Dr. Sharon Decker. ADE Bulletin, vol.158, 2020, pp. 59-70. Doi 10.1632/ade.158.59

Short Quote

“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” E.M. Forster

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