Dr. Mel Michelle Lewis

Assistant Professor - Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Julia Rogers G61


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

Intersectional Approaches to Feminist Theory – Black Feminist Thought, Queer Feminisms, and Transfeminist Perspectives
Queer Theory Black – Queer Studies, LGBTQIA Advocacy, Activism, and Public Policy
Feminist and Critical Pedagogies – Teaching as Performative Text and Embodied Pedagogical Practice

Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances

Book Prospectus

Lewis, M. (2015) Sexualized Subjects: Race, Performance, and The Disruptive Potential of Queer Feminist Pedagogies. Prospectus submitted for review.

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

Lewis, M. (accepted). The Vintage Black Glamour Showcase: Developing Media Literacy and Cultural Competency by Examining the Imaginaries of Vintage Icons and their Subversive Acts. In H. Kent (Ed.), Teaching Fashion Studies: Exercises and Pedagogies.

Lewis, M. (accepted). Pedagogical Pleasures: Teaching Gender and Sexuality Studies Through Queer Femme Embodiments. In E. M. Gil-Gomez and J. R. Rhodes (Eds.), The Pleasures of Identity: Living Queer.

Lewis, M. (2015). Corporeal Presence: Engaging the Black Lesbian Pedagogical Body in Feminist Classrooms and College Communities. In T. Melancon and J. M. Braxton (Eds.), Contemporary Black Female Sexualities. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

Invited Book Chapters

Lewis, M. (in press). Pedagogy and the Sista' Professor: Teaching Black Queer Feminist Studies. In R. Brock, D. Nix-Stevenson, and P. Miller (Eds.), The Critical Black Studies Reader. New York: Peter Lang.

Lewis, M. (2015). Pedagogy and the Sista' Professor: Teaching Black Queer Feminist Studies. In E. Meiners and T. Quinn (Eds.), Sexualities in Education: A Reader. New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2011 (pp. 33-40).

Lewis, M. (2015). Incorporating Transfeminist Perspectives: Women's Studies and Gender Variance. In M.T. Berger and C. Radeloff (Eds.), Transforming Scholarship: Why Women's and Gender Studies Students Are Changing Themselves and the World 2nd ed. (pp. 45-47). New York: Routledge.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Lewis, M. (in press). A Genuine Article: Intersectionality, Black Lesbian Gender Expression, and the Feminist Pedagogical Project. Journal of Lesbian Studies Special Issue: Identities, Gender Performances & Pedagogical Practices of Black and Brown Lesbian Educators.

Grzanka, P. R., Bhatia, R., Lewis, M. M., Parks, S. L., Woodfork, J., Casiano, M. (in press). Intersectionality, Inc.: A Dialogue on Intersectionality's Travels and Tribulations. Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, & Social Justice/ Études Critiquess Sur Le Genre, La Culture, et La Justice Sociale, Special Issue: What is Intersectional About Intersectionality Now?.

Lewis, M. (2015) Managing Microaggressions: Black Queer Feminist Pedagogical Projects and Strategies of Resistance. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Lewis, M. (2011). Body of Knowledge: Black Queer Feminist Pedagogy, Praxis, and Embodied Text." Journal of Lesbian Studies 15(1), 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.

Literary Journal Submissions

Lewis, M. (2016). Thunder Cake, Catfish Mardi Gras Queen, and Oyster Shell Pillar. Queer Nature. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Book and Film Reviews

Lewis, M. and R. Epstein (2012). 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. Feminist Formations. 24(3), 136-142.

Lewis, M. (2011). 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(2) http://ffc.twu.edu/issue_3-2/rev_mml_3-2.html.


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.