Ph.D., University of Texas
M.A., University of Texas
B.A., University of Texas
Dr. Lisa McClain is a Professor of History and Gender Studies and has been on faculty at Boise State University since 2001. Her fields of specialty include the history of religion and the intersections of gender, religion, and popular culture. She is the author of the books Divided Loyalties? Pushing the Boundaries of Gender and Lay Roles in the Catholic Church 1534-1829 (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018); Lest We Be Damned: Practical Innovation and Lived Experience among Catholics in Protestant England 1559-1642 (Routledge 2004); a chapter in the book Women during the English Reformations: Renegotiating Gender and Religious Identity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014); and articles in journals such as Church History, Sixteenth Century Journal, the Catholic Historical Review, the Journal of Religious History, and Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature. She is currently working on a chapter on Catholic ritual in Recusancy, a book under development by Brill as part of their “Companions to the Christian Tradition” series.
She served as Director of Gender Studies from 2002-2011, during which time the program received the Emerging Center Award from the National Council for Research on Women in 2010. Dr. McClain has researched the issue of domestic violence and sexual assault perpetrated against women with disabilities as part of her work in Gender Studies. Her work has been published by the Center for Women Policy Studies based in Washington D.C.
Dr. McClain is an activist for equity issues–particularly gender, disability, and sexual orientation–in academia, in Boise, and throughout the state. For her work, she has been named an Idaho Woman of the Year; an Idaho Woman Making History; and a Les Bois Awards finalist.
Dr. McClain is married, and she and her husband have a daughter and a son. Evenings and weekends will find her in the outdoors and engaging in athletic activities, especially swimming, hiking, snowshoeing, tennis, and racquetball. She also reads avidly in many genres and loves to cook. She enjoys quiz-type games and became a 1-day Jeopardy champion in 2006. She has recently begun to experiment with Role Playing Games (RPGs), both in the classroom and for fun.
Phone: (208) 426-1985
Office Hours: Monday, 1:30-3:00; Thurs 3:00-4:30
Intro. to Western Civilization to 1648
Intro. to Gender Studies
Gender and Sexuality
Age of Renaissance and Reformation
Saints and Sinners: Women in Christianity
History of Women in Early Modern Europe
Bonfires and Belles: Medieval and Renaissance Religion and Culture
“Elizabeth Cary and Intersections of Catholicism and Gender in Early Modern England”
in Women during the English Reformations: Renegotiating Gender and Religious Identity, ed. Julie Chappell and Kaley A. Kramer
(Palgrave MacMillan, 2014)
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