Dr. Mel Michelle Lewis (they/them > she/her) is Associate Professor of Gender/Sexuality in Studio and Humanistic Studies at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

Dr. Mel Michelle Lewis is Associate Professor of Gender/Sexuality & Black/Ethnic Studies and incoming chair of Studio and Humanistic Studies at Maryland Institute College of Art, cultivating Black feminist intersectional queer critical race social justice pedagogies for liberatory art and design education and creative practice. Their personal, professional, and political commitments are to overlapping and interlocking queer, trans, nonbinary, intersex, and feminist communities of color. Originally from Bayou la Batre, Alabama, their creative work explores queer of color themes in rural coastal settings. Previously, Dr. Mel served as Director of the transdiciplinary Center for Geographies of Justice and Associate Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Africana Studies at Goucher College. Their roles have also included Associate Professor and Director of Ethnic Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California and Interim Executive director of the National Women’s Studies Association. Dr. Mel completed their M.A. and Ph.D. in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park in the area of Bodies, Genders, and Sexualities. They hold an M.S. in Women and Gender Studies with a Public Policy concentration from Towson University and a B.A. in Women’s Studies and Sociology from Goucher College. Dr. Mel serves on the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission and Baltimore City Enoch Pratt Free Library LGBTQ Advisory Council.


Ph.D. Women’s Studies

University of Maryland, College Park, August 2012

M.A. Women’s Studies

University of Maryland, College Park, Concentration: Bodies, Genders, and Sexualities, May 2008

M.S. Women’s Studies

Towson University, Concentration: Public Policy, May 2005

B.A. Women’s Studies and Sociology

Goucher College, May 2002

Areas of Specialization

Intersectional Approaches to Feminist Theory

Intersectionality Theory and Praxis, Black Feminist Thought, Queer Feminisms, and Transfeminist Perspectives

Queer Theory

Black Queer Studies, Performance Studies, LGBTQIA Advocacy, Queer Activism, Intersex Advocacy, Public Policy

Feminist and Critical Pedagogies

Teaching as Performative Text, Decolonizing Curriculums, Pedagogical Embodiment, Queering Curriculums

Contact: melmichellelewis[at]gmail.com or mlewis02[at]MICA.edu