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Heidi Lewis

Assistant Professor, Assoc Dir

Heidi R. Lewis, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Feminist & Gender Studies at Colorado College and an Associate Editor for The Feminist Wire. Her work primarily focuses on Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory, and Critical Media Studies. For example, her essay “An Examination of the Kanye West’s Higher Education Trilogy” is featured in The Cultural Impact of Kanye West, and her article “Let Me Just Taste You: Li'l Wayne and Rap's Politics of Cunnlingus” is featured in the Journal of Popular Culture. She is also the author of forthcoming articles that examine Rihanna's "Pour It Up," FX’s The Shield, VH1’s Love & Hip Hop franchise, Bravo’s Married to Medicine, and constructions of Black Gay men in the films of Patrik-Ian Polk. She is also writing a full-length, single-authored manuscript that explores the relationship between Black sex/ualities and media.

Heidi has given talks at Kim Bevill’s Gender and the Brain Conference, the Educating Children of Color Summit, the Sankofa Lecture Series, the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, the Gender and Media Spring Convocation at Ohio University, and the Conference for Pre-Tenure Women at Purdue University. She has also been a contributor to Mark Anthony Neal’s NewBlackManNPR’s “Here and Now,” KOAA news in Colorado Springs, and KRCC radio (the Southeastern Colorado NPR affiliate), Bitch Media, Racialicious, and Act Out.

Learn more by visiting the FemGeniuses website and the Feminist & Gender Studies Facebook and Twitter pages.

Regular Classes

The 2015 FemGeniuses in Berlin


  • 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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