Heather Van Uxem Lewis is a Lecturer at Rutgers University specializing in women’s leadership, social justice, and multi-media education. Her research and scholarship are in art censorship, self-censorship, freedom of expression, feminist studies, Participatory Action Research with PhotoVoice, and issues of social justice. More specifically, she works in two areas. The first is in examining the impact of motherhood on the freedom of expression and perceived value on women who are mid-career artists. The second is the use of PhotoVoice as a pedagogical tool in the college classroom.
Heather holds a Doctorate of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Masters of Education in Art & Art Education also from Teachers College, Columbia University. She was trained as a painter and photographer at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Academic Honors.
Outside of university teaching, Heather is a professional photographer, artist, and yoga instructor.