Edith A. Lewis

Associate Professor of Social Work and Women's Studies

Edith A. Lewis

Associate Professor Edith Lewis's primary research interests include methods used by women of color to offset personal, familial, community, and professional role strain. To date, this has included involvement in studies identifying strengths within African-American women's communities; the intersections of gender and ethnicity in the lives of women of color; outcomes of an intervention project for pregnant, substance-dependent women; multiple role strains for faculty women of color; multicultural organizational development, isolating the successful methods used by Ghanaian women in community development projects; and the development of the Network Utilization Project intervention to systematically address individual, family, and community concerns.

Lewis has taught in the areas of ethno-conscious social work methods, global social work practice, group process, family theory, behavioral theory and interventions, community and social system methods, and feminist practice. She is currently continuing an evaluation of a global exchange effort between the University of Michigan and a university in West Africa. Other areas of research/scholarly interest: teaching innovations, particularly those that help prepare social work students for practice within diverse national and global communities.

Research Interests/Focus

Culturally competent practice, empowerment, women and families of color, international practice.


Year Degree   School
1985 PhD Social Welfare University of Wisconsin, Madison
1975 MSW Social Work University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
1973 BA Social Work/Afro-American Studies University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Gutierrez, L., & Lewis, E. A. (in press). Education, participation, and capacity building in community organizing with women of color. In M. Minkler (Ed.), Community organization and community building for health. (3rd ed.). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers

Gutierrez, L., Dessel A., Lewis, E., & Spencer, M. (in press). Promoting multicultural communication and collaboration: Dialogue, mediation, consensus building, and intergroup empowerment. In M. O. Weil (Ed.), Handbook of Community Practice (2nd ed.). New York: Sage.

Reed, B. G., Newman, P. A., Suarez, Z., & Lewis, E. A. (in press). Interpersonal practice beyond diversity and towards social justice: The importance of critical consciousness. In B. Seabury, B. Seabury, & C. Garvin, (Eds.), Social Work Practice. (2nd ed.). New York: Sage.

Lewis, E., Sakamoto, I., & Gutierrez, L. (2014). Women of color: Sources of resilience and vulnerability. In A. Gitterman (Ed.), Handbook for social work with vulnerable and resilient populations (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Gutierrez, L., & Lewis, E. (2013). Education, participation and capacity building in community organizing with women of color. In M. Minkler (Ed.), Community Organizing and Community Building for Health, (3rd ed.). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Gutierrez, L., Dessel, A., Lewis, E., & Spencer, M. S. (2012). Principles, skills, and practice strategies for promoting multicultural communication and collaboration. In M. Weill (Ed.), Handbook of Community Practice (2nd ed.).

Lewis, E. A., Murray, M., Crosbie-Burnett, M., & Silvey, L. (2011). Harriette Pipes McAdoo's legacy to social justice, Family scholarship, and authentic living. In L. De Reus & L. B. Blume (Eds.), Social, economic and environmental justice for all families, Groves Monograph Series, Vol. 1., xi-xii. Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan Libraries

Lewis, E. A. (2009). Group- versus individual-based intersectionality and praxis in feminist and womynist research foundations. In S. A. Lloyd, A. L. Few, & K. R. Allen (Eds.), Handbook of feminist family studies (pp. 304-315). Los Angeles: Sage.

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