Lisa Gring-Pemble, PhD


Lisa Gring-Pemble is an associate professor in the School of Business. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Olaf College, she received her M.A. and Ph.D. in rhetoric from the University of Maryland. Since joining Mason in 2000, she has pursued teaching and research around global impact and engagement, argumentation and persuasion, and political communication and legislation. She is author of Grim Fairy Tales: The Rhetorical Construction of American Welfare Policy and a co-editor of Readings on Political Communication. Her work has appeared in outlets like The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Political Communication, and Rhetoric & Public Affairs. Current research focuses on morality in capitalist markets, the influence of language on equal pay and immigration legislation, and the role of business in addressing sustainable development goals and creating positive impact. She is passionate about teaching and is the recipient of both a 2005 George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award and 2017 OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award. She takes joy in designing hands-on courses such as a study trip to New Hampshire during the presidential primaries to meet candidates and analyze the political process, a study abroad trip to Colombia for students to investigate different social enterprise models, and class day trips to Washington D.C. to meet with civic leaders like Senator Mark Warner, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Representative John Lewis.

As Mason’s Director of Global Impact and Engagement, Gring-Pemble supports community partnerships and university-wide initiatives that engage students of all majors in social enterprise. She is deeply involved with sustainability initiatives as co-founder of the Honey Bee Initiative, member of Mason’s team in the Deans and Directors Cohort of the Global Responsible Leadership Institute (GRLI), a representative of Mason in the Champions Cycle of the Principles of Responsible Management (PRME) Initiative of the UN Global Compact, and Mason’s liaison to Ashoka.