Lisa Yaszek

Regents Professor of Science Fiction Studies

Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
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Personal Pronouns:
she, her, hers

Lisa Yaszek is Regents Professor of Science Fiction Studies in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech, where she researches and teaches science fiction as a global language crossing centuries, continents, and cultures. She is particularly interested in issues of gender, race, and science and technology in science fiction across media as well as the recovery of lost voices in science fiction history and the discovery of new voices from around the globe. Yaszek’s books include The Self-Wired: Technology and Subjectivity in Contemporary American Narrative (Routledge 2002/2014); Galactic Suburbia: Recovering Women’s Science Fiction (Ohio State, 2008); Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction (Wesleyan 2016); and Literary Afrofuturism in the Twenty-First Century (OSUP Fall 2020). Her ideas about science fiction as the premiere story form of modernity have been featured in The Washington PostFood and Wine Magazine, and USA Today and on the AMC miniseries, James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction. A past president of the Science Fiction Research Association, Yaszek currently serves as an editor for the Library of America and as a juror for the John W. Campbell and Eugie Foster Science Fiction Awards.

  • Ph.D. English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, August 1999
  • M.A. English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, August 1992
  • B.A. English, Magna cum Laude, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, May 1991
Awards and
  • Locus Science Fiction Foundation Award Finalist, 2021
  • Class of 1934 Teaching Effectiveness Award, 2020
  • Ivan Allen College Dean’s Distinguished Research Award, 2019
  • Locus Science Fiction Foundation Award Finalist, 2019
  • Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Susan Koppelman Award for Best Anthology, Multi-authored, or Edited Book in Feminist Studies, 2017
  • Class of 1940 Teaching Effectiveness Award, 2016
  • Ivan Allen College Curricular Innovation Grant, 2015
  • HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education, 2014
  • Science Fiction Research Association Clareson Award for Distinguished Service, 2014
  • Science Fiction Research Association Mary Kay Bray Writing Award, 2014
  • Ivan Allen Jr. Legacy Award for Research, Teaching and Service, 2013
  • Class of 1934 Teaching Effectiveness Award, 2012
  • Ivan Allen College Research Grant, 2012
  • Women, Science and Technology Research Partnership Grant, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018
  • Science Fiction Research Association Research Grant, 2011
  • National Science Foundation Science and Society Research Grant, 2007
  • Science Fiction Research Association Pioneer Writing Award, 2005
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Research Stipend, 2004
  • Class of ’69 Teaching Fellowship, 2002-2003
  • Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1999-2000
Areas of
  • Afrofuturism
  • Cultural History
  • Literature
  • Narrative Across Media
  • Science Fiction


Research Fields:
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Environment
  • Gender
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Aesthetics
  • Feminism
  • Human/Machine Interaction
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Language and Popular Culture
  • Literary Theory
  • Literature
  • Media
  • Mediatized Culture
  • Perspectives on technology
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Movements


  • LCC-3202: Studies in Fiction
  • LCC-3214: Science Fiction
  • LCC-3225: Gender Study-Disciplines
  • LCC-3833: Special Topics in STAC
  • LCC-3843: Spec Topic-Communication
  • LCC-3853: Special Topics in Film
  • LCC-4100: Seminar in STAC
  • LCC-4102: Senior Thesis
  • LMC-2200: Intro to Gender Studies
  • LMC-2698: Research Assistantship
  • LMC-3202: Studies in Fiction
  • LMC-3206: Communication & Culture
  • LMC-3212: Women, Lit & Culture
  • LMC-3214: Science Fiction
  • LMC-3225: Gender Study-Disciplines
  • LMC-3516: Lit & Cultural Modernism
  • LMC-3518: Lit/Cult Postmodernism
  • LMC-3853: Special Topics in Film
  • LMC-4000: Senior Seminar in LMC
  • LMC-4100: Seminar in STAC
  • LMC-6215: Issues in Media Studies
  • LMC-6366: Global Science Fiction