Dr. Mel Michelle Lewis (they > she) is Chair of Humanistic Studies and Associate Professor of Black/Ethnic Studies & Gender/Sexuality Studies at Maryland Institute College of Art.
Their research and teaching cultivates Black queer critical race social justice pedagogies for liberatory art and design education and creative practice. 
Dr. Mel’s personal, professional, and political commitments are to overlapping and interlocking queer, trans, nonbinary, intersex, and feminist communities of color. 
Originally from Bayou la Batre, Alabama, their creative work explores queer of color themes in rural coastal settings. Previously, Dr. Mel served as Director of the transdiciplinary Center for Geographies of Justice and Associate Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Africana Studies at Goucher College. Their roles have also included Associate Professor and Director of Ethnic Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California and Interim Executive director of the National Women’s Studies Association. 
A longtime Baltimore resident, Dr. Mel completed their M.A. and Ph.D. in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park in the area of Bodies, Genders, and Sexualities. They hold an M.S. in Women and Gender Studies with a Public Policy concentration from Towson University and a B.A. in Women’s Studies and Sociology from Goucher College.