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Lisa Speidel

Assistant Professor, General Faculty of Women, Gender & Sexuality

207 Levering Hall
PO Box 400172
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, 3:30-4:45, and By Appointment

Lisa Speidel is an Assistant Professor, General Faculty and is also a Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE) through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Lisa teaches Human SexualitiesMen and MasculinitiesGender Based Violence, Pleasure Activism and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her book The Edge of Sex: Navigating a Sexually Confusing Culture from the Margins was published by Routledge in 2019. This anthology explores often overlooked and excluded identities in sex education in America, with pieces on sexuality and disabilities, survivors of assault, sex work as women of color, kink and BDSM, being Muslim and queer, reproductive rights, and the challenges of culture and identity when grappling with gender fluidity and gendered expectations.

Lisa has worked locally and nationally as an educator for over 29 years, with a focus on examining the role of masculinity, healthy sexuality, gender based violence, and the intersection of racism and other forms of oppression. She also has been teaching women’s self-defense for 29 years both in the Charlottesville community and as a credit based course at the University of Virginia. Along with two colleagues, she is developing a new self-defense program that focuses specifically on acquaintance assault. She is also working on a new book for Routledge on the multiple identities of bisexuality. 


Speidel, Lisa and Micah Jones, (December, 2019) The Edge of Sex: Navigating a Sexually Confusing Culture From The Margins, New York: Rutledge. 

Speidel, Lisa (2014) , My Hips, Butt and Thighs Are My Friends, Huffington Post, April 24.

Speidel, Lisa (2014) Exploring the Intersection of Race and Gender in Self-Defense Training, Violence Against Women, March 2014, vol. 20 no. 3 309-325.

Speidel, Lisa and Jason Jones, (2013) Mentoring Masculinities at the University of Virginia (publication in the ACPA Standing Committee for Men & Masculinities (SCMM) and NASPA Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community's joint newsletter, The Changing Faces of College Men)