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

Expertise Keywords: and adolescence; feature and magazine journalism; literary journalism; women in the New Journalism movement; romantic obsession; unrequited love; radio journalism, relationships, reporting on mental health

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. I am under contract with Rowman & Littlefield for a book about adolescents and first love. I have presented at national and international conferences on teaching literary journalism and longform journalism. My academic writing has been published in The Routledge Companion to American Literary Journalism, Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, and Literary Journalism Studies.

Currrent Research: Adolescence love, relationships, and dating; literary journalism; first person journalism

Contact Information

Office Phone: 845-257-3573
E-mail Address: phillipl@newpaltz.edu
Home Phone:
Personal Web Site: http://www.lisaaphillips.com

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


SUNY New Paltz Research and Creative Projects Award (2011-2012, 2020-2021)
Second Place Faculty Paper Winner, Magazine Media Division Refereed Paper Session, The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference (2021).
David Abrahamson Prize for Best Article in Literary Journalism newsletter (2020, 2021)
Faculty Research Support Initiative, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, SUNY New Paltz (Fall 2017)
Excellence in Research and Creative Work, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, SUNY New Paltz (2015-2016)
Recipient of Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (December 2012, November 2013)
Pre-Tenure Fellowship Leave, SUNY New Paltz (Fall 2013)
Kopenhaver Center Fellow, Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University and the AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women (August 2013)
Recipient of Honorable Mention Award, Scholarship of Application Competition, Small Programs Interest Group, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (August 2013)
Recipient of Discretionary Salary Increases/Merit Award Payments (2006-2010; 2012, 2013)
Recipient of The Eli Cantor Residency, Yaddo Artists’ Colony (January 2012)
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 (2000)
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)

Organizational Memberships

Corresponding Secretary, 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.