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.