Lisa R. Neilson
Lecturer of English
Professor Lisa R. Neilson was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. Before joining the English Department faculty at Marist College, Professor Neilson showcased her writing talents as a sportswriter for the Hudson Valley's Daily Freeman for seven years, where her work appeared in well over 400 publications. She frequently presents her research at the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. She teaches Writing for College, Introduction to Literature and the First Year Seminar, as well as other literature and writing courses. She is an avid baseball fan and enjoys watching and writing about what she considers to be the greatest game ever invented.
BA, Holy Cross College
Paralegal Certificate, Marist College
MA, SUNY Empire State College
Research Interests / Areas of Focus
Professor Neilson has interests in Composition, Sports Literature, Sports writing, Contemporary American Literature, Memoir Writing, Mental Health Issues and Studies, and Non-fiction Studies.
Go Mama! Branded by Beauty: How Danica Patrick Swooned her Way into Sponsorship.” Book chapter in A Locker Room of her Own: Sport, Gender, and the Construction of Athletic Reputations. University Press of Mississippi. 2013.
“Where Ya Comin’ From? Using Geo-biography in the First Year Writing Class.” Sixteenth Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, April 14, 2023.
“The Doctor Will See You Now: The Impact of a Crowded Disabled List on Today’s Game.” Thirtieth Symposium on Baseball & American Culture, National Baseball hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY, May 30, 31 and June 1, 2018.
“Tale of Two City Leagues: Ithaca and Kingston, NY.” Twenty-sixth Symposium on Baseball & American Culture, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY, May 28, 29, 30, 2014.
“O Captain, My Captain: Wherefore art thou? The disappearance of Major League Baseball’s honored position.” Twenty-fourth Symposium on Baseball & American Culture, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY, May 30, 31, June 1, 2012.
“Hudson Valley Baseball.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, NY, April 16, 2011.
“Inside the People’s Game.” Center for Teaching Excellence College Social & Faculty Lecture Series, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, March 29, 2011.
“A Reflection on the People’s Game: How A Small Town Team Played Big Town Ball.” History Department Soup Social, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, October 20, 2010.
"The Kingston Colonials: A Minor Team that was Major; How a Small Town Team Played Big Town Ball." Twenty-second Symposium on Baseball & American Culture, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY, June 2 – 4, 2010.
"Wanted: Fist Pumps, Bat Flips and Excessive Celebration; Flatliners Need Not Apply." Twenty-first Symposium on Baseball & American Culture, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY, June 3 – 5, 2009.
"The Core Curriculum: What are Students Thinking?" Marist College Academic Retreat, Poughkeepsie, NY, February 21, 2009.
“Sports Heroes in Literature.” SUNY Empire College, Highland, NY, April 5, 2008.
“Mastering Research Methods and Writing the Research Essay.” SUNY Empire College, Highland, NY, March 8 and 22, 2007.
“Writing Your Memoirs.” SUNY Empire College, Highland, NY, September 11, 2006.
Awards and Honors
Certificate of Recognition by the Office of Special Services, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY. April 2008.