Heather Hewett writes about women, feminism, and culture. She has published on a wide variety of topics, including motherhood, disability, and the work of contemporary women writers from Anglophone Africa, the Caribbean, and the U.S. Her articles and essays have appeared in a range of academic and popular venues, including Women’s Studies Quarterly, Women’s Review of Books, The Scholar & Feminist Online, The Washington Post, CNN.com, The Christian Science Monitor, Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, and book collections such as Chick Lit: The New Woman’s Fiction (Routledge). Her personal essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Kaleidoscope, Ducts, The Good Mother Myth (Seal) and A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley (Codhill).
Heather’s background includes several years of experience working full-time as a freelance journalist. She earned her Ph.D. in Literary Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also received a Graduate Certificate in African Studies. She received her B.A. from Yale. She has been a Global Scholar at the Rutgers Institute for Research on Women and has taught in several high schools and colleges, including Université Gaston Berger in Senegal, where she served as a visiting lecturer.
Currently she is an associate professor of English and Women’s Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she directed the Women’s Studies Program from 2005-2011. She teaches interdisciplinary courses that examine gender, human rights, feminism, and narrative. Born and bred in Oklahoma, she lives in the lower Hudson Valley with her family.
Her column, Women Across Borders, appears the first Thursday of every month. If you would like to contact Heather Hewett, or serve as a guest columnist for Global Mama, please email her at hewetth [at] newpaltz.edu.
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