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Heidi R. Lewis

Assistant Professor

Heidi R. Lewis joined the faculty of Colorado College in 2010 as the Riley Scholar-in-Residence in the Feminist & Gender Studies Program. After serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Program during the subsequent year, she was hired an Assistant Professor. Her teaching and research focus on feminism, gender and sexuality, women’s writing, African American literature and culture, Critical Race Theory, Critical Whiteness Studies, Critical Media Studies and popular culture. Her most recent project focuses on contemporary tragic mulatto narratives, noting that women with black fathers and white mothers highlight the father-daughter relationship in order to illuminate the unique relationship between race, gender, and class. She situates this project within contemporary discourses that examine the impetuses for and implications of the unique ways in which women of color understand and construct social, cultural, and political identities, as well as colorblindness and/or post-racial theories. Her other research interests include constructions of black gay men on television, hip hop culture, and the ways in which black women experience and shape academia.

Heidi and the students in the first class she taught at CC, FG110 Introduction to Feminist & Gender Studies (Block #1 2010)

Regular Classes

Regular Courses

o Introduction to Feminist & Gender Studies
o Introduction to Feminist Thought
o African American Feminist Thought
o Transnational Feminisms
o “Where My Girls At?”: Gender & Sexuality in Hip Hop
o Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack: Critical Whiteness Studies
o Artificial Perceptions and Arbitrary Values: Critical Media Studies
o Critical Race Theory

o Invisible Women: Afro-German Women and Feminisms

o Truth with CurliQs: Critical Comedy Studies






  • FG110 – Introduction to Feminist and Gender Studies


    • Ph.D. American Studies, Purdue University (2011)
    • M.A. English Literature, Ohio University (2005)
    • B.A. English Studies, Robert Morris University (2003)