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Heidi Lewis


Associate Professor, Assoc Dir

Heidi R. Lewis, Ph.D. is 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.

Her work has been published in The Cultural Impact of Kanye West and 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, and the critical alliance work she has conducted in Berlin (Germany) since 2014. On these and many other subjects, Dr. Lewis has been invited to give 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, the Conference for Pre-Tenure Women, Vanderbilt University, Kampagne für Opfer Rassistischer Polizeigewalt, Cornell University, Portland State University, and Augstana College, among others. She has also been a contributor to Mark Anthony Neal’s NewBlackManNPR’s “Here and Now,” KOAA news in Colorado Springs, KRCC radio (the Southeastern Colorado NPR affiliate), Bitch Media, Racialicious, 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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