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Name: Lisa Phillips
Academic Rank: Assistant Professor
Department: Digital Media & Journalism

Expertise Keywords: audio, digital storytelling, media, psychology journalism, public radio, representations of women stalkers in film, romantic obsession, unrequited love, women and stalking, women and unrequited love

Available For: interviews, essays, speaking

Expertise: I am the author of UNREQUITED: WOMEN AND ROMANTIC OBSESSION, published by HarperCollins in 2015 and PUBLIC RADIO: BEHIND THE VOICES (Perseus 2006). I have published articles in The New York Times, Psychology Today, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Cosmopolitan, Salon, and other national publications. I was a public radio reporter for 12 years.

Currrent Research: Psychology journalism; literary journalism; first person journalism

Contact Information

E-mail Address:
Home Phone: 845-332-3562
Communication & Marketing: 845-257-3245
Personal Web Site:

Other Information

Positions held at New Paltz prior to current position:
Adjunct professor

Positions held prior to joining SUNY New Paltz:
Freelance journalist for The New York Times and other publications; Hudson Valley Bureau Chief, WAMC Northeast Public Radio; reporter positions at public radio stations in Pittsburgh, PA, Iowa, and other locations.


Oberlin College 1986-1990 B.A. 1990 English
University of Pittsburgh 1995-1998 M.F.A. 1998 Writing


Recipient of SUNY New Paltz Research and Creative Projects Award (Spring 2011)
Recipient of Writing Residency, Wellspring House (Summer 2009)
Recipient of New York Foundation for the Arts Grant (2003)
Recipient of Writing Residency, Jentel Artist Residency Program (2003)
Recipient of New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault Media Excellence Award (2003)
Recipient of American Lung Association Hudson Valley Media Excellence Award (2003)
Recipient of Edward R. Murrow Northeast Region Use of Sound Award (2002)
Recipient of Edward R. Murrow Northeast Region Series Award (2001)
Recipient of New York Festival Silver Award (2001 )
Recipient of Communicator Humor Award (2000)
Recipient of Communicator Feature Award (200)
Recipient of Communicator News Reporting Award (2000)
Recipient of Writing Residency, the Ucross Foundation (1999)
Recipient of Writing Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (1999
Recipient of National Society of Arts and Letters/Pittsburgh Chapter Literary Award (1998)
Recipient of Scott Turow Award, University of Pittsburgh (1997)
Best of Fiction Workshops finalist (1977)
Pushcart Prize nominee, Treasure House Magazine (1996)
Mimi Zanger Fiction Award (1995)

Organizational Memberships

Coordinator, The James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professorship in Journalism
Chair, AEJMC Organizing Committee, International Association for Literary Journalism Studies



Unrequited: Women and Romantic Obsession. New York: HarperCollins, 2015.

Public Radio: Behind the Voices. New York: Perseus Books, 2006.

Selected Articles

"It's Over." Psychology Today. June 2015.

"How Unrequited Love Makes Us More Creative." The Washington Post. Feb. 12, 2015.

"We Never Escape Teenage Crushes." Salon. Feb. 7, 2015.

"The Time I Turned Into a Stalker." Cosmopolitan. February 2015.

“Too Much Information.” The New York Times 7 Jan. 2011: ED33.

"Obsessed." Psychology Today. January 2015.

“I Couldn’t Let Go of Him. Did It Make Me a Stalker?” New York Times 3 Dec. 2006: 9.11.