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Dr. Lisa Day

Dr. Day in Firenze, 2018
  • Director, Appalachian Studies and Women & Gender Studies
  • PhD, American and Multiethnic Literature, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1998
  • MA, English, Western Kentucky University, 1993
  • BA, English and Secondary Education, Western Kentucky University, 1991


Contact Information

  • Department: Social Work
  • Office: Keith 126
  • Mailing Address: Keith 129
  • Email:
  • Phone: 859.622.7235
  • Web Page:
  • Expert Areas: American Literature, Feminist Theory, Diversity and Social Justice, Study Abroad Pedagogy


An Associate Professor of English, Dr. Day leads Appalachian Studies and Women & Gender Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. She is a faculty advisor of the EKU Alphabet Center and Feminists for Change, and she is a certified instructor of the Green Dot Anti-Violence and Bystander Awareness curriculum. An active editor, Dr. Day is leading an effort to develop an open-access introductory textbook in Appalachian Studies, tentatively called Accessible Appalachia, to be published through EKU Libraries' Encompass system. She is also helping African & African American Studies with their open-access readers for AFA 201 and AFA 202. Previously, she has co-edited Journeys Home: An Anthology of Contemporary African Diasporic Experience (2009; with Dr. Salome Nnoromele), five literary journals published by Military Experience and the Arts, and other print and web publications. Her scholarship has appeared in publications such as the It Works For Me pedagogical series, The Explicator, and Critique, and her creative work has appeared in Poetry as Prayer: Appalachian Women Speak, The Notebook: A Progressive Journal about Women and Girls with Rural and Small Town Roots, and the Kentucky Explorer. She has presented papers for the EKU Chautauqua Lecture Series, the National Women's Studies Association, the Northeast Modern Language Association, and the Kentucky Philological Association, among many other conferences. 

Her regularly scheduled classes include Intro to Women & Gender Studies, Intro to Appalachia, Feminist Theory & Practice, Women's Literature, and Rape Culture in Literature & Media. Dr. Day also teaches study abroad courses in Italy and Ireland. She is originally from Mammoth Cave, Kentucky. 


Subject  TitleDatesLocationTerm
APP 350Gender, Murder & AppalachiaT 6:00pm-8:45pm Keith Building 130Fall 2023
WGS 201Intro Women & Gender StudiesTR 2:00pm-3:15pm Roark Building 100Fall 2023
WGS 300Gender, Murder & AppalachiaT 6:00pm-8:45pm Keith Building 130Fall 2023
WGS 400Feminist Theory and PracticeMW 3:30pm-4:45pm Keith Building 130Fall 2023
WGS 495IS: Feminist Theories   Fall 2023
WGS 495IS: Feminist Theories   Fall 2023
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