Lisa Sullivan, PhD, professor of economic history, vice president and R. Michael Shanahan Dean of the Faculty, is a historian of the concept of work. Sullivan specializes in medieval and early American economic history and the history of work ethics. She is particularly interested in the question of meaningful work, a reoccurring theme in her research and teaching interests.
Sullivan has written extensively on the political economy of utopian communities; work and human identity; and socio-economic themes in children’s literature. She has published in the areas of contemporary Canadian and medieval economic history and has received grants from the Canadian government, the Winterthur Museum, the Spencer Foundation and the Institute for Social and Economic Research.