Meet the Vice Provost and Dean

Portrait of Lisa Freinkel

Lisa Freinkel

Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Oregon, Lisa Myobun Freinkel, PhD, directs general education and student success initiatives at UO.

She received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. There, she completed a dissertation with Stephen Greenblatt on Renaissance literature. Department head of Comparative Literature from 2004 to 2013, Freinkel is also an associate professor, teaching and conducting research in mindfulness, poetics, Shakespeare, digital humanities, comparative religion, and philosophy.

Teaching and research interests include contemporary mindfulness, poetics, Shakespeare, digital humanities, comparative religion, and philosophy. Freinkel's current book project explores themes from the history of philosophy and the history of optics, and is entitled Reflections on the Precious Mirror.

Her latest book project explores the transparency of mind from Plato to North American mindfulness, with the working title On Reflection: Mindfulness and the 21st-Century Lover of Wisdom. Freinkel founded UO’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program and teaches meditation in hospital, university, and prison settings.

Her academic publications include Reading Shakespeare's Will: The Theology of Figure from Augustine to the Sonnets (Columbia, 2002) and articles on a broad range of topics from fetishism to usury and early modern encounters with Buddhist Asia. Her writings address authors as diverse as Shakespeare, Dante, Luther, Kant, and the 13th-century Japanese monk Dogen Zenji. 

Freinkel is passionate about undergraduate education. To that end, she fosters cross-campus collaborations to create engaging learning opportunities for students and faculty alike.