Heidi R. Lewis

  • Colorado Springs CO
  • hlewis@coloradocollege.edu
Heidi R.  Lewis

Assistant Professor, Feminist & Gender Studies

Education

Education
2011

Ph.D., American Studies

Purdue University

Dissertation: "She Still Missed Her Daddy Sometimes: Black Women’s Post-Civil Rights Father-Daughter Narratives"
Dissertation Committee: Venetria K. Patton, Bill V. Mullen, P. Ryan Schneider, and Crystal S. Anderson

2008

CERTIFICATE

Purdue University
2005

M.A

Ohio University
2003

B.Sc

Robert Morris University

Work History

Work History
May 2014 - Present

Assistant Professor

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, FEMINIST & GENDER STUDIES
Aug 2012 - Present

Colorado College▪

Colorado College▪
Colorado Springs, CO▪
2010 - 2011

Founder, President

Helen Hunt Elementary School
▪ Colorado Springs, CO▪ Founder, President, & Lead Mentor, The Tarajia Project

Areas of Expertise

Skills

Critical Whiteness Studies

Critical Whiteness Studies entails the interrogation of whiteness, as well as the ways in which whiteness converges with gender, socioeconomic status, and other social, cultural, and political markers, to create and maintain hegemony and societal stratification. This also entails examining the ways many populations reject and resist white privilege and white supremacy.

Critical Media Studies

Critical Media Studies examines how gender, sexuality, race, class, citizenship, and other social, cultural, and political markers are constructed in media, including the multidimensional impetuses for and implications of these constructions. Additionally, since counter-hegemonic texts, as well as audience interpretations of these texts, have the potential to challenge existing theories and politics, this approach also considers the ways in which audiences revise, resist, reject, and reproduce these narratives.

Feminist Theory

Feminism aims to secure and defend the rights of people and communities that are systematically and systemically marginalized based on gender, race, sexuality, class, and other social, cultural, and political markers. Feminist theory tries to understand, explain, and interrogate difference and inequality, providing salient critiques of power and dominance.