Lisa Stampnitzky

Lisa Stampnitzky

Lecturer on Social Studies
Lisa Stampnitzky

Lisa Stampnitzky is Lecturer on Social Studies.  Her book, Disciplining Terror: How Experts and Others Invented “Terrorism” (Cambridge University Press, 2013), traces how the problem of “terrorism” and the field of terrorism expertise took shape from the 1970s to the present, and how this shaped the post 9/11 “war on terror.”  Her current book project, The Lawyers War: Legalizing Torture in the War on Terror, analyzes shifting debates over the use of torture before and after 9/11.  She received her B.A. in Sociology from New College of Florida, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.  She has held fellowships at Harvard’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, as well as at Stanford, Oxford, the European University Institute, and the Ohio State University.  Her website is

2014-15 Courses
Social Studies 10a (Fall)
Social Studies 98ns: Culture and Politics in the United States (Spring)
Social Studies 10b (Spring)

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33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138