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Heidi Lewis

Assistant Professor, Assoc Dir

Heidi R. Lewis, Ph.D. is a Associate Director and Assistant Professor of Feminist & Gender Studies and Associate Editor for The Feminist Wire. She also serves on the Editorial Board of The Feminist Wire Books: Connecting Feminisms, Race, and Social Justice

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” was published in The Cultural Impact of Kanye West, and her article “Let Me Just Taste You: Li'l Wayne and Rap's Politics of Cunnlingus” was published in the Journal of Popular Culture. She is also the author of forthcoming work that examines Rihanna's "Pour It Up," FX’s The Shield, VH1’s Love & Hip Hop, Bravo’s Married to Medicine, constructions of Black women's abortions in media, transatlantic Black activism, transnational allyship, and theories on expertise in the field of Women's Studies. On these and many other subjects, 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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