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Leslie L. Heywood


English, General Literature and Rhetoric


  • BA, MFA, University of Arizona
  • MA, PhD, University of California at Irvine

Research Interests

  • Sports studies
  • 20th-century literature
  • feminist and critical theory
  • creative writing
  • Gender Studies
  • Science Studies
  • Third Wave Feminism
  • Globalization & the Environment


  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities

  • 2009
    SUNY Chancellor's and University Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 1997
    Poetry twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
    Lost Arts nominated for the CNY Book Award.
    Built to Win received Honorable Mention
  • North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Book Award
  • 2004.
    Lingua Franca named Pretty Good for a Girl a “Breakthrough Book” in the February
  • 2000 issue.
    The Nation named Third Wave Agenda a “Notable Book” in 1998.
    Election to Trustee and Executive Vice-President of the Women's Sports Foundation
  • 2002: The Women's Sports Foundation
  • founded by Billie Jean King in 1973
  • is the world's largest foundation devoted to women's sports.
    American Association of University Women Community Action Grant
  • 1999-2000
  • “Strong Girls
  • Strong Women: Community Outreach and Education to Encourage Participation and Ethics in Girls' and Women's Sports.”
    State of New York/UUP Campus Grant
  • Spring 1999
  • “Exploring Possibilities for the Establishment of The Nell Jackson Center for the Study of Female Athletes.”