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Ellen Lewin
Professor in the Women's Studies department
at University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
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Overall Quality
2.7
Average Grade
D+
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.3
Clarity
3.0
Easiness
3.3
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
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Rating Class Comment
10/29/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
COS126 Taken for Credit:No Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Wonderful, through, a thoughtful. Simply a delight.

11/30/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
anth003 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Very, very knowledgeable professor - I thought her lectures were really interesting & I learned SO much. However, when it came to major assignments, I found her directions vague and the professor herself downright unhelpful. Don't expect a lot of guidance. Don't take the class if you want to be coddled.

06/03/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
anthr101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

what an awful, awful teacher. I hated her course. She belittled students who disagreed with her and was incredibly disrespectful to students if they didn't accept her worldview.

04/29/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ANTH101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Liberal to a fault. Assumes because she is the instructor, anything she believes is the way the world ought to be. Instead of providing information and letting students think for themselves, she dictates student responses.

04/22/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Anthr101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Incredibly dedicated and passionate about the subjects she teaches. She is involved in a lot of research and publishes a lot. She is a pillar of the university.

04/21/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
PERMA100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Terrible teacher, terrible person. The subject was interesting before I heard a word come out of her mouth.

04/21/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
FEMA100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Don't reveal you are a conservative or the loving liberal that she is will fail you while cussing you out the door. Intelligence squared.

04/20/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
FEMA100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

None, worst attitude ever.

04/13/2010
good
2 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
GRCUS1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

If you've taken Introduction to Women's Studies, you've taken Gender, Race and Class in the U.S. It's ridiculous that they are BOTH required.

05/10/2008
average
1 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ANTHWorl Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She loves to ramble to fill up time. Talks and talks and talks just to fill the remaining part of class. Rushes through material. Has a superiority complex about her being from NY, and openly looks down on Midwesterners. Spends a disappropriate amount of time on gender studies material even when the class she's teaching has nothing to do with it.

04/28/2008
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ANTworl Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Prof Lewin went fast during Anthropology and Contemporary World Issues lectures, i had to bring my laptop to get everything down. The TAs were great in going over things in discussion and she is very knowledgeable and adds comments during lecture that are funny and interesting. Doing the readings and attending lecture are required to do well.

05/03/2007
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
THESI101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Ellen is knowledgable, but has a tendency to get off track or let students that don't know what they are talking about talk about one minute too long.

04/24/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
femanth Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Ellen is a joy to be in class with. She's really fun in a discussion setting and has lots of experiences to contribute. The class wasn't easy, but it was ok and I learned a ton about Feminist Ethnography.

02/01/2007
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
anthSECT Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I actually agree with this Professor about most political views but saw her silencing and shutting people down which was disrespectful and scared people. If she's made up her mind, then she thinks nobody else needs to hear anything more about a view. That's not teaching and it's not feminist either. It's self congratulating in front of students.

08/13/2006
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
Intro. Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

While I'm leftist and generally agree with the majority of Lewin's politics, I was frequently enraged by the way she silences or speaks over more conservative voices in the classroom. Discourse is allowed only within certain boundries. Also, if you have any knowledge of feminist history or theory, you should skip this class. Basic as hell.

09/08/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
hist fem anthro Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

i think this woman is so adorable. i love her class (history of feminist anthropology). she brings so much life and energy to everything we talk about.

09/02/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
wmn, hlth, hlng Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

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04/04/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Grad seminar Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This professor doesn't tolerate fools or opportunists without caustic comment - may explain the first reviewer's venom. Really interesting readings and lively discussions though often wildly off topic. Wings it, so best when teaching feminist theory or anthropology - avoid otherwise.

03/12/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
wst Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The other reviewer's comment was really funny to me. This professor never even mentioned men in my class -- maybe that's his problem with her. Very helpful. Everyone in my group project liked her too.

02/20/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
womesns studies Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

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