Lissa Ramirez-Stapleton

Research Associate - Qualitative Specialist

Dr. Lissa D. Stapleton is an Assistant Professor in Deaf Studies at California State University Northridge. She previously taught at the University of Southern Mississippi in the Higher Education Student Affairs program. Her research and publications primarily interrogate issues of environment, equity, and access for Deaf students, faculty, and staff with a particular interest in the intersections of race, gender, and sexual orientation. She is also interested in racialized mentoring and disability broadly. Stapleton has been actively involved in committees, presenting, and leadership within the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and ACPA—College Student Educators International for several years.

Prior to pursing her doctorate, Stapleton worked in residential life and for Semester at Sea. She earned her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education and Social Justice and a minor in Women’s Studies in 2014 from Iowa State University. She was the recipient of the 2015 Melvene D. Hardee NASPA Dissertation of the Year award and runner up for the American Association for Blacks in Higher Education Dissertation of the Year award.  She received her Master’s in Science and Education in College Student Personnel from the University of Dayton and Bachelor’s degree from Wright State University in Social Work and a minor in African and African-American Studies.

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers


Stapleton, L., & Croom, N.N. (in press 2017). Narratives of Black d/Deaf college alum: Reflections on intersecting microaggressions in college. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 54(1).

Peña, E., Stapleton, L., &Schaffer, L. (2016). Critical disability student development Theory. New Directions of Student Affairs, 154, 85-96. doi:10.1002/ss.20177

Eickman, J., Stapleton, L., Papazis, E., Jensen, M., & Firkins, C. (2015). Deaf studies community service: Jamaica crews 2008, 2009, 2010. Proceeding from Deaf Studies Today! Engaging Theory and Action, Orem, Utah: Utah Valley University.

Gillon, K. & Stapleton, L.D. (2015). Your story ain’t got nothin to do with me? The experiences of Black female faculty who mentor White female students. Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs, 1(1), 35-49.

Stapleton, L.D. (2015). The disabled academy: The experiences of Deaf faculty at predominantly hearing institutions. Thought & Action, 31(2). Retrieved from

Stapleton, L.D. (2015). When being deaf is centered: d/Deaf students of color navigating Deaf and racial identity in college. Journal of College Student Development, 56(6), p. 570-586.

Stapleton, L.D. (2011). Being good company for students’ spiritual journeys. Developments, 9(1), 1-2.