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Edith A. Lewis

Professor Emerita 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, Social Work/Afro-American Studie

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