Rae Mansfield is the Associate Director of Honors Scholarship and Curriculum for the Honors College at UMass Lowell.

Rae Mansfield, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Honors Scholarship and Curriculum

Honors College
Honors College, Climate Change Initiative, Gender Studies
Allen House 202

Research Interests

Public history and interdisciplinary research, popular entertainment, burlesque, film studies, Queer theory and performance, cultural policy and arts funding, North American academic culture, and standards of academic integrity


  • M.A / Ph.D. Drama, Tufts University
  • B.A., Theater and Rhetoric, Bates College


Rae Mansfield oversees the Office of National Scholarships and the Honors Thesis / Project process, and is a DifferenceMaker Fellow and Chair of the Honors College Curriculum Committee. Rae is also a playwright, a theatre technician, faculty advisor for the Off-Broadway Players student theatre group, and co-founder of Theatre for Lifelong Learning.

Teaching Philosophy

University experiences in and out of traditional classrooms facilitate students’ realization of their ability to effect real-world change from creation to collaboration and implementation.

Selected Publications

  • Theatre for Lifelong Learning (2022), Intellect Ltd.
  • “Sweatpants,” Hindsight 2021, Left Edge
  • Let’s Build Theatre Communities…or Not: Virtual Teaching and Scholarship in an Exclusionary World (2021), Theatre Survey, 62(3)
  • Physical Distancing and Community Connection (2020), Inside Higher Ed, May 12
  • Waves of Opportunity: Best Practices for Teaching Older Adults in Theatre (2019), Theatre Topics, 29(1)