Heather Hewett is an expert on gender, storytelling, and how people come together across difference to create positive social change. A writer and a professor, she has authored over a dozen academic articles and has written for The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Newsday, Boston Review, Women’s Review of Books, Brain, Child magazine, and the literary anthology A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley. Her essays about raising a daughter with food allergies have appeared in the Motherlode Blog at The New York Times, Allergic Living magazine, CNN.com, and the book The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality. She is currently a contributor at Girl w/ Pen, a blog bridging feminist research and popular reality at The Society Pages, where she writes about issues facing women and girls around the world. Currently she is an Associate Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she ran the Women’s Studies program for six years.
Hewett graduated with a BA from Yale University and a PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a doctoral certificate in African studies and a minor in interdisciplinary cultural studies. She has over fifteen years of experience teaching in high schools and colleges, including Université Gaston Berger in Senegal, where she was a visiting lecturer. She teaches courses in women’s and gender studies and nonfiction writing. She has published in scholarly journals such as WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, MELUS, English in Africa, The Scholar and Feminist Online, and books such as Chick Lit: The New Woman’s Fiction and Intersectionality: A Foundations and Frontiers Reader.
In addition to teaching, Hewett serves on the board of directors of Blossom Hill Foundation, a U.S.-based international foundation working to engage and empower war-affected youth as leaders in the reconstruction of their lives and their communities through the arts, academics, and sports. She lives with her husband and two children in the lower Hudson Valley, New York.