Associate Professor

Lisbeth Berbary.Contact information

Office: B.C. Matthews Hall (BMH) 2111

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 35404


Research interests

I am committed to qualitative inquiry informed by both critical and deconstructive theories, and the postmodern, narrative, and ontological turns. I am particularly interested in representing my findings through accessible and collaborative creative analytic practices, such as ethno-screenplay, slam poetry, and composite narrative. Currently, I am co-constructing zines, comics, and graphic novels to represent my work with bisexual/pansexual-identified individuals concerning their navigation of biphobia and bisexual erasure.

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

I am currently accepting applications from graduate students with related research interests:

  • Gender/sexuality
  • Race/ethnicity/class
  • LGBTQ+
  • Identity/subjectivity
  • Social theories (critical, feminist, critical race, poststructural, queer, postcolonial, posthumanist)
  • Qualitative methodologies (narrative inquiry, ethnography, arts-based)
  • Creative analytic practices
  • Social inclusivity/community engagement
  • Political activism/social change/equity

Graduate studies application details

Teaching interests

  • Onto-epistemological frameworks
  • Social theories
  • Qualitative inquiry
  • Therapeutic recreation/activism
  • Gender/race/class/sexuality/ability
  • Intersectionality/interconnectivity
  • Diversity/inclusivity/equity


  • REC 201: Leisure and Social Justice
  • REC 663: Foundations for Qualitative Inquiry
  • REC 700: Foundations of Knowledge in Leisure Studies


BA (Ithaca College)

MSc (SUNY Cortland)

PhD (Georgia) with graduate certificates in women's studies and interdisciplinary qualitative research

Selected publications

See Google Scholar for a full list of publications.

Berbary, L.A. & Boles, J.C.* (2014). Eight reflection points: Re-visiting Scaffolding For Improvisational Humanist Qualitative Inquiry, Leisure Sciences, 36 (5), 401-419.

Berbary, L.A. (2011). Post-structural writerly representation: Screenplay as creative analytic practice, Qualitative Inquiry, 17(2), 186-196.

Berbary, L.A. (2012). Don’t be a whore, that’s not ladylike: Discursive Discipline and Sorority Women’s Gendered Subjectivity, Qualitative Inquiry, 18(7), 535-554.

Berbary, L.A. (2015). Creative Analytic Practices: Onto-episto-theoretical attachments, uses, and constructions within Humanist Qualitative Leisure Research, International Leisure Review, 2(4), 27-55.

Berbary, L.A. & Johnson, C.W. (2016). En/Activist Drag: Kings Reflect on Queerness, Queens, and Questionable Masculinities, Leisure Sciences, DOI: 10.1080/01490400.2016.1194791

Arai, S., Berbary, L.A., & Dupuis, S. (2015). Re-imagining therapeutic recreation: transformative practices and innovative approaches, Leisure/Loisir, 39(2), 299-321.

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