Faculty and Staff

Sydney Lewis

Part-Time Lecturer

B.A. English/Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore
M.A. History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz
Ph.D. (in process) University of Washington, Seattle

Office: UW2-228
Phone: 425-352-3683
Email: sydneyf@u.washington.edu
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246


I believe in a cooperative model of teaching. In other words, I position myself not as the expert, but the guide who helps my students navigate the complex terrain of critical inquiry. In this, I am often led to new horizons of thought and intellectual discovery.

Although I am trained American literature, my research and teaching interests span English, Women Studies, American Ethnic Studies, Cultural Studies and Performance Studies. I teach primarily through a cultural studies lens. Since cultural studies entails an examination of how cultural objects produce and reproduce power, I find this approach key to facilitating socio-political inquiry in the classroom and promoting social justice pedagogy.

Recent Courses Taught

BIS 322 Topics in Performance Studies: Burlesque and Feminism
BIS 351 Topics in American Culture: Crossing Race, Crossing Sex
BIS 351 Topics in American Culture: Whiteness and its Discontents

Selected Publications

“The Not-So-Hidden History of Women of Color in Burlesque” Racialicious.com (2011)