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Lisa Swart

Adjunct Instructor of History

Lisa Swart

Adjunct Instructor of History


B.F.A. Rhodes University, South Africa

M.A.N.E.S., Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Ph.D., Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Dr. Lisa Swart is an adjunct professor of History at Cumberland University, teaching World Civilizations to 1500, World Civilizations from 1500, US History I, US History II, and the US History online courses. She earned her terminal degree from Stellenbosch University, focusing on an analysis of Ancient Egyptian funerary papyri and stelae. Her research interests include the study of the visual culture of pre-modern civilizations. Images play a significant role in the development of values and beliefs, including the assertion of authority, perception of gender, status, ethnicity, race, and class. As such, the underlying theme of much of her work explores how art forms, social structures, and belief systems change in response to external and environmental factors.

Before moving to Nashville, she served as the Chair of the History Department at a private school in Pennsylvania where she was also the head Cross Country coach. Previously, she taught History of Art in South Africa. She has presented papers in the United States, Canada, and South Africa, and has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and popular publications.