Lisa Baer-Tsarfati

PhD candidate

Pronouns: she/her

Home University: University of Guelph


Twitter: @baersafari

Research Fields: Early Modern European, Scottish, Gender, Digital Humanities

Supervisor: Elizabeth Ewan

A Scottish gender historian and digital humanist, Lisa Baer-Tsarfati received her BSc (Hon.) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her MSc by research (with distinction) from the University of Edinburgh. Her research uses the computational analysis of discourse to examine the way that language was used to control and regulate women in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Britain. She is particularly interested in the ways in which expressions of ambition were socially defined and whether connections can be made between these constructions of ambition and the development of “ideal” masculinities and femininities.

In 2019, Lisa published “Gender, Authority, and Control: Male Invective and the Restriction of Female Ambition in Early Modern Scotland and England, 1583–1616” in the International Review of Scottish Studies, for which she received the Tri-University PhD History Essay Prize in 2020. She was awarded the 2019 College of Arts Graduate Teaching Assistant Teaching Excellence Award and was a 2019 Teaching and Early Career Development Fellow at the University of Guelph. Lisa has been a sessional lecturer in history at Parkland College (2015–2016 and 2018) and is currently a THINC Lab Fellow in Digital Humanities and assistant director of operations at the Centre for Scottish Studies.