Research and Interests: fat studies, gender, mothering, the family, pop culture, qualitative methodology
Awards and Honors: Most Outstanding Thesis, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, George Mason University, 2018
Presentation at Professional Conferences: Most Outstanding Thesis, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, George Mason University, 2018
Courses Taught: WGS 1824: Intro to Women's and Gender Studies (2x), WGS 2224: Women and Creativity
Publications: All: Byers, Lyla & Williams, Heidi (forthcoming). “Hollywood’s Slim Pickings for Fat Characters: A textual analysis of Gilmore Girls, Sweet Magnolias, This is Us, and Shrill.” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society. ; Byers, Lyla. (2021, May 1). “Thin People Die Too: The Weight of Being a Fat Studies Scholar.” Shuddhashar 24, https://shuddhashar.com/the-weight-of-being-a-fat-studies-scholar/. ; Byers, Lyla & Harrison, Anthony Kwame. (2020). “You Should Major in Zines: Unconventional Pedagogies in Higher Education.” Zines: An International Journal on Amateur and DIY Media 1(1), 7-18.
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