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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”