Lisa Outar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Outar comes to St. John's University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English.  Originally from Port Mourant, Guyana, she holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from The University of Chicago.

She is an independent scholar who publishes in the areas of Indo-Caribbean literature, feminist writing, and the connections between the Caribbean and other sites of the indentureship diaspora.  Her work has appeared in the journals Small Axe, Cultural Dynamics, South Asian Review, Caribbean Journal of Education, South Asian History and Culture, Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, and South Asian Diaspora.  She has also contributed to Stabroek News, the edited book collections, South Asian Transnationalisms (Routledge, 2012), Beyond Windrush: rethinking Postwar Anglophone Caribbean Literature (University Press of Mississippi, 2015), and the forthcoming three-volume Cambridge University Press project entitled Caribbean Literature in Transition. She coedited a special 2012 issue of The Caribbean Review of Gender Studies that focused on Indo-Caribbean feminisms. She serves as Senior Editor of the Journal of West Indian Literature and is currently working on a manuscript about representations of Christianity in Caribbean women's writing.  She is coeditor of Indo-Caribbean Feminist Thought: Genealogies, Theories, Enactments (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). She served as a full-time faculty member at St. John's University in the Department of English from 2006-2012.