Lisa McClain

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Dr. Lisa McClain is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of Gender Studies at Boise State University. She researches the issue of domestic violence and sexual assault perpetrated against women with disabilities. She serves as a board member of the Idaho Equal Access Collaborative, a partnership of the Boise State University Gender Studies Program with statewide disability and domestic violence/sexual assault organizations. Through this work, McClain examines and proposes changes to the systems responding to women with disabilities who experience sexual and domestic violence. In history, her fields of specialty include the history of Catholicism, the history of religion during the Renaissance/Reformation era and gender and popular culture in early modern Europe. She is the author of the book Lest We Be Damned: Practical Innovation and Lived Experience among Catholics in Protestant England 1559-1642 published by Routledge in 2004, as well as several articles in journals such as the Sixteenth Century Journal and the Journal of Religious History. For her work, she was named an Idaho Woman of the Year in 2008 and an Idaho Woman Making History in 2009. Under her leadership, the Gender Studies Program at Boise State won the NCRW Emerging Center Award 2010.


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