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Elisabeth "Lisi" Oliver

Elisabeth "Lisi" Oliver

Professor of English









Statement from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Lisi was larger than life, and her loss is inconceivable. She was an intellectual force among scholars, nationally and internationally,” said Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences Stacia Haynie.  “She was beloved by students, faculty and staff.”
Oliver joined the LSU faculty in 1996, a year after she received her doctorate from Harvard University.  In 2011 she was named as the Greater Houston Alumni Professor and most recently was named as a Distinguished Research Master in spring of 2015, which is among the highest distinctions awarded for faculty research.  She was a professor in the Department of English and a core faculty member of the Interdepartmental Program in Linguistics.  Her research focused on the language and practice of early medieval law in Europe.  
Oliver was on the board of the Early English Laws Project, an international collaboration to re-edit the laws of early English, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain. She was the recipient of number teaching awards, and received grants from the National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine, the Toronto Centre for Medieval Studies, the Early English Laws Project and the Louisiana Board of Regents.  In 2014, she and a colleague received an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Collaborative Fellowship.

Full Obituary (links to an external site)

Beloved English Professor Remembered At Memorial (links to an external site)

LSU, Friends Mourn Death of Cherished Professor Elisabeth Oliver (links to an external site)