B.A., Yale University
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
On Sabbatical Leave
Professor Hewett teaches for both the English Department and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Her courses examine topics such as women’s literature, postcolonial literature, human rights and literature, transnational feminism, motherhood and mothering, and nonfiction writing.
With training in African and African diasporic literature, feminist theory, and interdisciplinary cultural studies, Professor Hewett has published scholarship that examines the cultural representations of motherhood, maternal activism, writing about disability and illness, feminist food studies, the social dimensions of food allergies, women's writing, transnational feminism, and Anglophone African literature. She is also a nonfiction writer who has published essays, reviews, and creative nonfiction stories. She is currently at work on a project examining narratives about food allergy in the 21st century.
Her scholarship has appeared in journals such as WSQ, MELUS, English in Africa, The Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, The Scholar & Feminist Online, and essay collections such as Chick Lit: The New Woman’s Fiction (Routledge) and Intersectionality: A Foundations and Frontiers Reader (Westview Press). Her essays and reviews have been published in a range of popular and literary venues, including The Washington Post, The New York Times Motherlode blog, CNN.com, Women’s Review of Books, Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, and books such as A Slant of Light (Codhill) and The Good Mother Myth (Seal Press). She blogs with other feminist scholars, writers, and thinkers at Girl w/Pen. For a full list of publications, please go to heatherhewett.com.