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About Valerie Lipscomb

Valerie Barnes Lipscomb is a Professor of English at the University of South Florida. Among current projects is serving as lead editor for the Palgrave Handbook of Literature and Aging; Palgrave Macmillan also published her monograph, Performing Age in Modern Drama, and a co-edited collection, Staging Age. Her articles on theatrical representations of age have appeared in such journals as Modern Drama and the Journal of Aging Studies. She also has been co-editor of the journal Age, Culture, Humanities. Lipscomb serves as treasurer of the North American Network in Aging Studies and has chaired the Modern Language Association’s Age Studies Forum. 


Present Associate Chair, Professor, University of South Florida Department of English, Sarasota-Manatee Campus

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2021 - Present Member, USF Faculty Success Initiative Access and Empowerment Implementation Team
2020 - Present Associate Chair, Sarasota-Manatee, USF Department of English
2018 - Present Treasurer, North American Network in Aging Studies
2017 - 2018 Chair, Modern Language Association Age Studies Forum
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Honors and Awards

  • Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Faculty Research Award, USFSM recipient, 2018
  • USF System Faculty International Travel Grant: 2017, 2012
  • USFSM Chancellor’s Professional Support Initiative recipient, 2017, 2015
  • English Society named USFSM Student Organization of the Year, 2014, 2012
  • 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award, National Society of Leadership and Success, USFSM chapter


  • Literary Criticism
  • Modern Drama
  • Selected Topics: Drama 1850-1950
  • Studies in Contemporary Literature
  • Studies in American Literature to 1860


2004 Ph.D., University of South Florida
B.A., University of Iowa
M.L.A., University of South Florida

Contact Information

Phone: (813) 359-4718


Articles (14)

Books (2)

Book Chapters (6)

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