Associate Professor

Lisbeth Berbary.Contact information

Office: B.C. Matthews Hall (BMH) 2210

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 45404


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 research interests related to:

  • 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 with graduate certificates in women's studies and interdisciplinary qualitative research, University of Georgia

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.

University of Waterloo