Faculty Biographies

Valerie Lipscomb

Valerie Lipscomb

Associate Chair, Professor


Office: SMC C258
Phone: 941-359-4718



Dr. Valerie Lipscomb, Professor of English at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, teaches American and modern British literature. In 2016, Palgrave Macmillan published her book, Performing Age in Modern Drama, the first monograph to examine age and aging as performance in contemporary plays. Her co-edited collection of essays, Staging Age: The Performance of Age in Theatre, Dance, and Film, also was published by Palgrave.

Dr. Lipscomb's articles on age and drama have appeared in such journals as Modern Drama, the International Journal of Ageing and Later Life, and Age, Culture, Humanities. She also regularly presents papers at international and national conferences on literature, theatre, and age studies. Dr. Lipscomb has chaired the Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association Age Studies Forum and is Treasurer of the North American Network in Aging Studies.