Dr. Heidi R. Lewis earned a Ph.D. in American Studies (2011) with a minor in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (2008) from Purdue University after earning a Bachelor’s degree in English Studies from Robert Morris University (2003) and a Master’s degree in Literature from Ohio University (2005).
In 2010, Dr. Lewis joined the Feminist & Gender Studies Program at Colorado College as a Riley Scholars-in-Residence (RSiRP) dissertation fellow through the Consortium for Faculty Diversity. After serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor during the subsequent year, she was hired as Assistant Professor in 2012. She served as Interim Director of Feminist & Gender Studies during the 2016 spring semester and was promoted to Associate Director in Fall 2017. After earning tenure in Spring 2018, she was promoted to Program Director. She has also served as inaugural Coordinator of Early Career Faculty Development Programs since 2021, which includes directing RSiRP and the Mentoring Alliance Program.
Dr. Lewis’ 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 function of “expertise” in Women’s and Gender Studies Studies. Most recently, Dr. Lewis and Dana Maria Asbury published In Audre’s Footsteps: Transnational Kitchen Table Talk with Jazlyn Tate Andrews in Ingeborg Bachmann Prize-winner Sharon Dodua Otoo’s Witnessed Series (edition assemblage).
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 NewBlackMan, NPR’s “Here and Now,” KOAA news and KRCC in Colorado Springs, Bitch Media, and Act Out.
Dr. Lewis and her husband Antonio live in Colorado Springs, CO with their children, AJ and Chase, their dog Philly, and their cat D’Brickashaw “Brick” Ferguson.
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