Faculty Profile: Mel Lewis ‘02, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Rachel Brustein
Co-Features Editor

Mel Lewis, a Goucher alum, is an Assistant Professor of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS). Lewis, who is in her third

Women’s and Gender Studies Professor Mel Lewis in her office. (Photo courtesy of Mel Lewis)

Women’s and Gender Studies Professor Mel Lewis in her office. (Photo courtesy of Mel Lewis)

year of teaching, came to Goucher around the time the Women’s Studies department became the WGSS department. This change broadened the types of courses Lewis and her collegues could teach in the department.
Lewis likes the “small community” at Goucher because she is able to form relationships with the students and her colleagues. Her area of specialty is the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, and most of her publications are focused on black queer identity and feminism. Currently, she is working on a book, “Bodies of Knowledge: Black Queer Feminist Pedagogical Bodies and Performative Texts.”
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Faculty profile: Goucher alum Dena Smith ‘03, Sociology

Rachel Brustein
Co-Features Editor

Dena Smith ’03, assistant professor of Sociology, is in her third year of teaching at

Dena Smith ‘03 returned to Goucher to teach in the Sociology department. (Photo: Courtesy of Dena Smith)

Dena Smith ‘03 returned to Goucher to teach in the Sociology department. (Photo: Courtesy of Dena Smith)

Goucher. Over the past few years, Smith has published an article for the American Sociological Association Journal, two book chapters, and is currently working on a book related to her research on the sociology of health and illness and mental health.
Medical sociology, which looks at health, illness, and medicalization from a sociological perspective, is important in the field of medicine, but not something all doctors are trained in.
“Medical sociologists contribute so much to how we think about health and illness,” Smith explains.
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