Lisa Goff is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia, where she teaches courses in American Studies and media studies. She is also a freelance journalist for national publications, and a former graduate instructor at the Medill School of Journalism. Her scholarship, on the history of shantytowns in the United States, and her teaching both focus on the social meaning of buildings and landscapes. In the spring of 2011 Prof. Goff was part of the media studies faculty on Semester at Sea, which took her to South America, Africa, and Asia. She is a regular contributor to Reader’s Digest, and co-editor of a series called Sightings: Architecture, Art and Artifact on the online journal Southern Spaces.