Sonia Feder-Lewis Ph.D.

Sonia Feder-Lewis, Ph.D.

Core Professor
Ed.D. in Leadership

Brother Louis Hall, BLH 225    |    Campus Box: # 28
(612) 728-5152   |   sfeder@smumn.edu


Dr. Sonia Feder-Lewis is a professor in the Ed.D. in Leadership program and former Director of the English Language Academy and Bachelor’s Completion Communication programs.

  • Courses Taught Recently at Saint Mary's

    Advanced Research Writing, Theories of Adult Learning,  Seminar: Topics in Education, Leadership in Literature

  • Education
    Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, University of Minnesota
    B.A. in English, University of Minnesota
  • Experience

    Dr. Sonia Feder-Lewis is a Professor in the Ed.D. at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has taught for Saint Mary’s for 28 years, serving as Undergraduate Communications Core Director for six years as well as having taught writing at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. Dr. Feder-Lewis has a Ph.D. in English language and literature from the University of Minnesota, as well as expertise in composition studies and theory. During her time at Saint Mary’s, she has had the pleasure of guiding over 25 doctoral students through their dissertations to graduation. She was awarded the Br. Louis DeThomasis Award and the Outstanding Faculty Award. Dr. Feder-Lewis’ research focuses on British novelists, particularly Fanny Burney, George Eliot, and Sir Walter Scott, and on adult learners as writers. Her work has appeared in BWe, The Basic Writing E-Journal; The Bedford Annotated Bibliography for Teachers of Adult Learners, for which she was both a writer and consultant; and other publications. As a longstanding supporter of adult learners, she has chaired a Special Interest Group for over a decade now in the National Council of Teachers of English CCCC division and presents regularly at the CCCC annual convention. Because she believes that college learners of tomorrow must be supported early, Dr. Feder-Lewis is a proud board member of the Laura Jeffrey Academy, a girl-focused, STEM-focused charter middle school in Saint Paul, MN, where she lives. When she finds the time, Dr. Feder-Lewis likes to write for her blog, which is often about whatever is making her happy, irritated, or curious at that particular moment.