Lisa Cartwright is a scholar, author, professor and critic best known for helping to found the field of visual culture studies and for coauthoring a popular and widely translated visual studies textbook with Marita Sturken that is regarded as one of the first comprehensive books in the field after John Berger's Ways of Seeing.
Cartwright is also known for her work in feminist visual science and technology studies and disability studies. Currently, she is a professor in the departments of visual arts, communication and science studies at the University of California, San Diego. She was a founding member of the Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, where she taught from 1990 to 2002.
Lisa has written a number of books. Among them are:
- "Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture." Oxford 2008. Co-Authored with Marita Sturken
- "Moral Spectatorship: Technologies of Voice and Affect in Postwar Representations of the Child." Duke University Press 2008.
- "Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture," co-author Marita Sturken (Oxford 2008)
- "Screening the Body: Tracing Medicine's Visual Culture" (University of Minnesota Press, 1995)
- "The Visible Woman: Imaging Technologies, Gender and Science," a volume coedited with Paula Treichler and Constance Penley (NYU Press, 1998)
- "Mandy (1952): on Voice and Listening in the (Deaf) Maternal Melodrama, in the book Medicine's Moving Pictures: Medicine, Health, and Bodies in American Film and Television," ed. Leslie J. Reagan, Nancy Tomes, and Paula A. Treichler (University of Rochester Press, 2008)
- "Imagination, Multimodality and Embodied Interaction: A Discussion of Sound and Movement in Two Cases of Laboratory and Clinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging," co-authored with Morana Alac, in Science Images and Popular Images of the Sciences, ed. Bernd Huppauf and Peter Weingart (Routledge, 2007)
- "Shame, Empathy and Looking Practices: Masked Woman in a Wheelchair in a Disability Studies Classroom," co-authored with David Benin, Journal of Visual Culture Vol. 5, No. 2, 155-171 (2006)
- "Spectatorship and Pity: Representations of the Global Social Orphan in the 1990s," Cultures of Transnational Adoption, ed. Toby Volkman (Duke University Press, 2005)
- "On the Subject of Neural Prosthesis," co-authored with Brian Goldfarb, The Prosthetic Impulse: From a Posthuman Present to a Biocultural Future, ed. Joanne Morra and Marquard Smith (MIT, 2005)
- "'Emergencies of Survival': Moral Spectatorship and the 'New Vision of the Child' in Postwar Child Psychoanalysis," Journal of Visual Culture 3, no 1 (2004)