Lisa Yaszek is Professor and Associate Chair in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech as well as past president of the Science Fiction Research Association. Her areas of expertise include science fiction, cultural history, critical race and gender studies, and science and technology studies. Professor Yaszek’s essays on science fiction as a global language appear in journals including Extrapolation, NWSA Journal and Rethinking History. She is the author of books including Galactic Suburbia: Recovering Women’s Science Fiction (Ohio State University Press 2008) and co-editor of collections including Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction (Wesleyan Press, 2016). Her current projects include an edited essay collection on Afrofuturism with Isiah Lavender III and an anthology of women’s science fiction, which will be released by the Library of America in 2018 to coincide with the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking Frankenstein.
Professor Yaszek’s research interests inform her teaching and administrative practices. As a scholar, she explores how and why science fiction has become the premiere story form of out time, with special attention to the way that people not usually associated with the science fiction community—including artists, politicians, and scientists themselves—use this genre to communicate their ideas about science, technology, and society across space and time. As an educator, she designs general education, major-specific, and graduate-level classes in science fiction studies geared to help students become global citizens who can use extrapolative and speculative skills to creatively solve pressing scientific and social problems. As an administrator, Professor Yaszek draws inspiration from science fiction’s celebration of educated people who put aside their personal differences and pool their intellectual resources to build better futures for all. As such, she collaborates with others across campus and across higher education to create educational policies and practices that transform what is sometimes called “the crisis in the humanities” into new models of higher education for the twenty-first century.