Liza McIntosh

Liza McIntosh is a PhD Candidate in the English and Comparative Literature Department at Columbia University, where she is also pursuing a certificate in feminist scholarship from the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her dissertation, “Where Sheep Fed: Local Ecologies in Elizabethan Pastoral”, sets out to revise a critical tradition that understands early modern pastoral as a primarily allegorical mode. Instead insisting on the ecological situatedness of pastoral literature in the period, she argues that poets and dramatists alike seized on the mode’s facility for literal interest in the details of a rural landscape as a means of thinking through, and at times relating, changing conceptions of nature and land in the late sixteenth century.


She has taught sections of “University Writing: Contemporary Essays”, and was selected as a Lead Teaching Fellow for the English Department. She currently holds a fellowship in academic administration with Columbia’s Center for the Study of Social Difference where she helps to coordinate media and development strategies. This year she will serve as a section leader for Literary Texts, Critical Methods.


Liza received her A.B. in English and Art History from Johns Hopkins University (2014) and her M.A. (2015) and M.Phil. (2017).


Academic Interests:

early modern literature; ecocriticism; feminist theory