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, she joined the Feminist & Gender Studies Program at Colorado College as a Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program 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 Director of the Riley Scholars-in-Residence Program since August 2020.
Professor 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 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 NewBlackMan, NPR’s “Here and Now,” KOAA news and KRCC in Colorado Springs, Bitch Media, and Act Out.
Professor Lewis and her husband, Antonio, live in Colorado Springs with their two children, AJ and Chase, their cat Max, and their dog Philly. To learn more, you can also follow Heidi on Twitter and Facebook.
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