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Heidi R. Lewis

Heidi R. Lewis


Associate Professor, Director

Heidi R. Lewis is Director and Associate Professor of Feminist & Gender Studies and Director of the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program.

Her research primarily focuses on Feminist Theory, Politics, and Discourse (particularly Black Feminism), Hip Hop Culture, and Critical Media Studies. She has published in The Cultural Impact of Kanye West, the Journal of Popular Culture, the Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, and Unteilbar: Bündnisse gegen Rassismus. She is the author of forthcoming essays that examine FX’s The Shield, VH1’s Love & Hip Hop, Bravo’s Married to Medicine, and the relationship between “expertise,” Women’s Studies, and other interdisciplinary fields, as well as an edited collection in Ingeborg Bachmann Prize-winner Sharon Dodua Otoo’s Witnessed Series (published by Edition Assemblage) entitled "In Audre’s Footsteps: Transnational Feminism and Solidarity," co-edited with Dana Maria Asbury.

She has given talks at Vanderbilt University, Kim Bevill’s Gender and the Brain Conference, the University of Georgia, the Educating Children of Color Summit, Cornell University, the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, Portland State University, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the University of Arizona, and the Frauenkreise Projekt and the Kampagne für Opfer Rassistischer Polizeigewalt in Berlin. She has also been a contributor to Mark Anthony Neal’s NewBlackManNPR’s “Here and Now,” KOAA news and KRCC in Colorado Springs, Bitch Media, and Act Out.

Learn more by visiting her FemGeniuses website.


Regular Classes

The 2015 FemGeniuses in Berlin [L to R top row: Willa Rentel, Jazlyn Andrews, Dr. Heidi R. Lewis, Jesse Crane, Sam Gilbert, and Aishah Shahidah Simmons. L to R bottom row: Dezerae Terrell, Lyric Jackson, Breana Taylor, Nia Abram, Thabiso Ratalane, Jade Frost, Mackenzie Murphy, Spencer Spotts, Meredith Bower, and Deaira Cooper. Photo Credit: Carolyn Gammon.] 


  • FG110 – Introduction to Feminist and Gender Studies


    • Ph.D. in American Studies, Purdue University (2011)
      • Graduate Minor in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (2008)
    • M.A. in English Literature, Ohio University (2005)
    • B.A. English Studies, Robert Morris University (2003)

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