Dr. Lisa Jackson-Schebetta Receives AAUW American Fellowship

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2014-15 American Fellowship to Dr. Lisa Jackson-Schebetta, assistant professor in Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Jackson-Schebetta was awarded a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship from AAUW.

American Fellowships, AAUW’s oldest and largest funding program, date back to 1888 and support women scholars who are completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research for publication.

“I was thrilled and humbled to learn I had been awarded an AAUW Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship,” says Dr. Jackson-Schebetta. “It is a great honor to be in the company of so many remarkable women.” Dr. Jackson-Schebetta will use her fellowship to support full time work on her monograph, “Son tus huellas el camino: The Spanish Civil War and the De-colonial Imagination in the Americas.” Jackson-Schebetta’s project examines the theatre, performance and dance of Puerto Rican, Cuban, peninsular Spanish, Anglo-American and African-American populations from 1931 to 1943.  Jackson-Schebetta argues that performance used the Spanish Civil War and its attendant Iberian history wars to reconfigure the hemispheric and global parameters of “being in the world” in terms of access to and participation in ethical paradigms of war, economic, racial and ethnic equality and political action.

Dr. Jackson-Schebetta is an assistant professor in the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Pittsburgh where she teaches in the PhD, MFA and BA programs and also directs. She earned her PhD in Theatre History, Theory and Criticism from the University of Washington in 2010 and her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy, with a specialization in Voice and Movement for the actor, from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006.  At the University of Pittsburgh, Jackson-Schebetta is affiliated faculty with the Center for Latin American Studies, the Global Studies Center, the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program, and Cultural Studies.  Her scholarly work has been published in Theatre History Studies, New England Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre and others.   As a director, devisor and dramaturge, she has worked with the American Globe Theatre, chashama, HERE, the Women’s Project and Productions, and Seattle Shakespeare Company, among others.

“These are life-changing awards,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW vice president of fellowships, grants, and global programs. “We’re so proud to continue this wonderful legacy and to salute this new class of fellows and grantees. They now join the ranks of Nobel Prize winners, celebrated authors, social entrepreneurs, and prominent scholars who have used AAUW funding to advance equality for women and girls.”

For the 2014-15 academic year, AAUW awarded a total of $3.7 million to 244 scholars, research projects, and programs promoting education and equity for women and girls through six fellowships and grants programs. AAUW is one of the world’s leading supporters of graduate women’s education, having awarded nearly $100 million in fellowships, grants, and awards to more than 12,000 women from more than 130 countries since 1888.

Read AAUW’s press release about this year’s awards. To find out more about this year’s exceptional class of awardees, visit the online directory. To reach an award recipient, call 202.728.7602 or e-mail

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