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

Book Prospectus

Sexualized Subjects: Race, Performance, and The Disruptive Potential of Queer Feminist Pedagogies, The Ohio State University Press series Black Performance and Cultural Criticism, (Under Review).

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

"Managing Microaggressions: Black Queer Feminist Pedagogical Projects, Tools, and Strategies for Teaching the Self," in Black Women's Pedagogies, edited by Durene Wheeler and Olivia Perlow, (Accepted).

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

"Corporeal Presence: Engaging the Black Lesbian Pedagogical Body in Feminist Classrooms and College Communities," in Contemporary Black Female Sexualities, edited by Trimiko Melancon and Joanne M. Braxton. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2015.

Invited Book Chapters

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

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

"A Genuine Article: Intersectionality, Black Lesbian Gender Expression, and the Feminist Pedagogical Project," in Journal of Lesbian Studies, Special Issue: Identities, Gender Performances & Pedagogical Practices of Black and Brown Lesbian Educators, edited by Dr. Bettina Love, (Accepted).

"Intersectionality: Foundations and Frontiers in the Shadow of the Crisis," with Sheri L. Parks (University of Maryland) Rajani Bhatia (SUNY Albany), Patrick Ryan Grzanka (Arizona State University), What is Intersectional about Intersectionality Now? (Special Issue) Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice, (Accepted).

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

Invited Point of View Essays

"Incorporating Transfeminist Perspectives: Women's Studies and Gender Variance" in Transforming Scholarship: Why Women's and Gender Studies Students Are Changing Themselves and the World, edited by Michele Tracy Berger and Cheryl Radeloff. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2015.

Book and Film Reviews

"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).


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.

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