My research focuses on contemporary women’s writing and feminism in the U.S. and around the world. I’ve written several articles about teaching from an intersectional feminist framework. I also write essays and book reviews.


Ph.D., English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D. Minor in Cultural, Visual, and Media Studies
Certificate in African Studies

M.A., English, University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A., English, Yale University
Magna cum laude, with distinction in the major



Edited Volumes

Holland, Mary and Heather Hewett, eds. #MeToo and Literary Studies: Reading, Writing, and Teaching about Sexual Violence and Rape Culture. Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2021.

Selected Journal Articles

O’Sullivan, Meg Devlin, Karl Bryant, and Heather Hewett. “Unlearning Introductions: Problematizing Pedagogies of Inclusion, Diversity, and Experience in the Women’s and Gender Studies Intro Course.” Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice / Études critiques sur le genre, la culture, et la justice sociale, Vol 37, No. 2, 2016, 22-33.

Hewett, Heather. “Mothering Across Borders: Narratives of Immigrant Mothers in the U.S.WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 3, 4, 2009, 121-139.

Hewett, Heather. “At the Crossroads: Disability and Trauma in The Farming of Bones.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, Vol. 31, No. 3, 2006, 123-145.

Hewett, Heather. “Coming of Age: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and the Voice of the Third Generation.” English in Africa, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2005, 73-97.

Selected Book Chapters

Heather Hewett and Meg Devlin O’Sullivan. “Women.” Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies, Vol. II, edited by Catherine Orr and Ann Braithwaite. Forthcoming, Routledge 2022.

Hewett, Heather and Mary Holland. “Introduction: Literary Studies as Literary Activism,” #MeToo and Literary Studies: Reading, Writing, and Teaching about Sexual Assault and Rape Culture, edited by Mary Holland and Heather Hewett, Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2021, 1-27.

Hewett, Heather. “Theorizing “Toxic” Masculinity across Cultures and Nations: The Case of Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.” #MeToo and Literary Studies: Reading, Writing, and Teaching about Sexual Assault and Rape Culture, edited by Mary Holland and Heather Hewett, Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2021, 259-274.

Hewett, Heather. “Motherhood Memoirs.” The Routledge Companion to Motherhood, edited by Lynn O’Brien Hallstein, Andrea O’Reilly, and Melinda Vandenbeld Giles, Routledge, 2019, pp. 191-201.

Hewett, Heather. “Linking Economic Justice and Women’s Human Rights: Feminist Approaches for the Human Rights Classroom.” Teaching Human Rights in Literary and Cultural Studies, edited by Alexandra Schultheis Moore and Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg, MLA Press, 2015, 143-156.

Hewett, Heather. “Translating Desire: Exile and Leila Aboulela’s Poetics of Embodiment.” Expressions of the Body: Representations in African Text and Image, edited by Charlotte Baker, Peter Lang, 2009, 249-278.

Hewett, Heather. “You Are Not Alone: The Personal, The Political, and the ‘New’ Mommy Lit.” Chick Lit: The New Woman’s Fiction, edited by Suzanne Ferriss and Mallory Young, Routledge, 2006, 119-139.

Selected Creative Works and Public Writing

Personal and Opinion Essays

Hewett, Heather. “Dressing Up.” Minerva Rising, Issue 16, Spring 2019, 48-52.

Hewett, Heather. “Remembering Alison Piepmeier.” Women=Books blog, Women’s Review of Books, April 2017.

Hewett, Heather. “A Feminist Practices Yoga.” Women=Books blog, Women’s Review of Books, Jan. 2016.

Hewett, Heather. “Parenting without a Rope.” The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality, edited by Avital Norman Nathman, Seal Press, 2014, 41-47.

Hewett, Heather. “The Allergen-Free Cake That Wasn’t.” The New York Times Motherlode Blog, Oct. 21, 2013.

Hewett, Heather. “The Valley of the Kings.” A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley, edited by Laurence Carr and Jan Zlotnik Schmidt, Codhill Press, 2013, 169-170.

Hewett, Heather and Deborah Siegel. “Non, the French are not better moms.” CNN.com, May 16, 2012.

Hewett, Heather. “When Valentine’s Day is Dangerous for Kids.” CNN.com, Feb. 14, 2012.

Hewett, Heather. “Maternal Health, One Year Later.” Ms. Magazine Blog, March 2011.

Hewett, Heather. “Who’s Your Nanny?The Washington Post, Aug. 26, 2007, B3.

Hewett, Heather. “Dog Days and Dark Nights.” Ducts: The Webzine of Personal Stories, Issue 13, Summer 2004.

Book Reviews and Review Essays
(Fiction and Nonfiction)

Contributor to Women’s Review of Books, The Washington Post, Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, The Christian Science Monitor, Time Out New York, and elsewhere, 1998-present.

Articles and Interviews

Articles in Allergic Living magazine, Boston Review, Christian Science Monitor, Ms. Magazine Blog, Sports Illustrated for Women, Time Out New York, and elsewhere, 1998-2015.


Creator and Writer, Women Across Borders and Global Mama, Girl w/ Pen!, The Society Pages, https://thesocietypages.org/. Monthly column. Fall 2009-Fall 2013.


Modern Language Association
The Association of Writers and Writing Programs
National Women’s Studies Association
African Literature Association


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