Dr. Mel Michelle Lewis

Assistant Professor - Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Van Meter 116


B.A., Women's Studies and Sociology, Goucher College, 2002
M.S., Women's Studies, Public Policy Concentration, Towson University, 2005
M.A., Women's Studies, Area of Study - Bodies, Gender, and Sexualities, University of Maryland, College Park, 2008
Ph.D., Women's Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, 2012.

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Black Queer Studies, Black Feminist Thought, Feminist/Critical Pedagogies, Embodiment and Performance, Feminist Intersectional Frameworks 

Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances

"Body of Knowledge: Black Queer Feminist Pedagogy, Praxis, and Embodied Text." Journal of Lesbian Studies 15, no. 1 (2011): 49-57.

"Pedagogy and the Sista' Professor: Teaching Black Queer Feminist Studies," in Sexualities in Education: A Reader, Erica Meiners and Therese Quinn Eds. New York, NY. Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2011 (pp. 33-40).

"Review of A Touch of Greatness, by Leslie Sullivan and Fem Crit: Experimental Works for Educational Environments, by Lisa Hayes, et al." Films for the Feminist Classroom/ Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 3, no. 2 (2011).

"Review: Cold War Femme: Lesbianism, National Identity, and Hollywood Cinema, by Robert J. Corber and Soldiers' Stories: Military Women in Cinema and Television since World War II, by Yvonne Tasker." Co-authored with Robyn Epstein. Feminist Formations. 24, no. 3 (2012).

"Corporeal Presence: Engaging the Black Lesbian Pedagogical Body in Feminist Classrooms and College Communities," in Contemporary Black Female Sexualities, Trimiko Melancon and Joanne M. Braxton Eds. (In Press).

"Pedagogical Pleasures: Teaching Gender and Sexuality Studies Through Queer Femme Embodiments," in The Pleasures of Identity: Living Queer, Ellen M. Gil-Gomez and Jacqueline R. Rhodes Eds. (Accepted).


Dr. Mel Michelle Lewis and is an assistant professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. Mel completed her Ph.D. in women's studies at the University of Maryland (2012). She holds an M.A. in the area of bodies, genders, and sexualities (2008), and was an Honors Humanities Doctoral Teaching Fellow (2009) at the same institution. Mel acquired an M.S. in Women's Studies with a public policy concentration at Towson University (2005), and attended Goucher College as a Rosenberg scholar in dance, holding dual bachelor's degrees in sociology and women's studies (2002). Mel's research focuses on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, specifically addressing Black queer feminist thought, identity and performance, and feminist and critical pedagogies.