Professor 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 faculty of Colorado College as a Riley Scholar-in-Residence dissertation fellow in Feminist & Gender Studies. After serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor during the subsequent year, she was hired an Assistant Professor in 2012. She served as Interim Director 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 before stepping down in October 2018 after facing anti-Black racism (think: #AllLivesMatter) during the all-campus second program directors and department chairs meeting.
Since 2013, Professor Lewis has been a member of the Editorial Collective of The Feminist Wire, where she has published articles on race, gender, sexuality, and popular culture. In 2014, Heidi was promoted to Associate Editor. As of March 2017, Heidi was named to the Editorial Board of The Feminist Wire Books: Connecting Feminisms, Race, and Social Justice. She also serves as a paid consultant on matters related to program-building in the broader field of Women’s Studies, teaching abroad, and Critical Media Studies.
Professor Lewis’ work primarily focuses on Black Feminism, 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 NewBlackMan, NPR’s “Here and Now,” KOAA news in Colorado Springs, and KRCC radio (the Southeastern Colorado NPR affiliate), Bitch Media, Racialicious, 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. Click here to view her CV.