Lisa Goff

Lisa Goff

Associate Professor of English and American Studies, Director of Institute for Public History

412 Bryan Hall

Office Hours: Friday, 2-5 p.m. (Virtual)
Class Schedule: Tu/Th 12:30-1:45, Tu 3:30-6:00


-University of Virginia
Ph.D., History
-Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
-College of William and Mary in Virginia
BA with Honors, English Literature



Cultural landscapes, material culture, public history, literary journalism, America and the Global South
Prof. Goff is also the Director of UVA’s Institute for Public History and the project director for Take Back the Archive, a digital history project dedicated to the history of sexual violence at UVA.






  • Montpelier: Politics of Radical Restoration, University Of Virginia Press, 2020
  • Restorations (in process)


  • “ ‘Something pretty out of very little’ ”: Graniteville Mill Village, 1848,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
  • “Bison, Birds, and Bombast: Prairie Restoration as a Fantasy of Settler Colonialism” (in process)



  • “Public Memory and the Daughters Of Zion Cemetery,” on “Cemeteries, Slavery And History” panel, President’s Commission on Slavery and the University, 2017 symposium, “Universities, Slavery, Public Memory, and the Built Landscape,” Charlottesville, 10/19/17
  • American Studies Association annual meeting, moderator, panel “Public Archives Of Dissent,” Chicago, 11/11/17
  • Conference panel, C19 – The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Annual Meeting, University Park, Pa, March 2016, individual paper: “Shantytown, NYC: Forgotten Landscapes Of The Urban Working Poor”
  • Conference panel, National Women’s Studies Association annual meeting, Milwaukee, November 2015, panel “Feminism & Archives: Negotiating Precarity”: “#Takebackthearchive”
  • Vernacular Architecture Forum annual conference, Chicago, June 3-7, 2015:  “Housing and Identity” panel, “Racial Refuge: African-American Shantytowns Before and After Reconstruction”
  • Invited lecture, University of Alabama, English and AMST departments, April 2014:  “Shantytowns, Forgotten Landscapes of the American Working Classes”
  • Conference panel, American Society of Environmental Historians annual meeting, panel “Shantytowns,” San Francisco, March 2014: “ ‘Calling Me Back’: Shantytowns in 1930s Popular Culture”


  • Diversity and Inclusion Grant 2018-2019, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mead Award Honored Faculty, 2015-2016
  • Shantytown, U.S.A., a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2016