Dan Lewis

Dan A. Lewis

Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
Faculty Fellow , Institute for Policy Research

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Dan A. Lewis’ research agenda provides an approach to studying social policy that meets the challenge of a profound transformation in social policy over the last 40 years. Gone are the days of new federal programs to solve national problems. The New Deal and the Great Society are seen by many as the source of our problems rather than solutions. Lewis’ work responds to these changes in the political climate.

In addition to numerous articles, Lewis has written or edited seven books in these areas, including Gaining Ground in Illinois: Welfare Reform and Person-Centered Policy Analysis (2010). At the Institute for Policy Research, he has directed major program projects on community reactions to crime, deinstitutionalization of state mental health patients and Chicago school decentralization. More recently, he conducted evaluations of the homelessness problem in the Chicago suburbs. Lewis also directs the Center for Civic Engagement, which encourages students to enhance their academic experiences through voluntary service and research to help build communities.

Lewis serves on many nonprofit boards and civic committees. At Northwestern, he served as director of undergraduate education at the School of Education and Social Policy.

Curriculum Vitae

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Year Degree Institution
1980 PhD, History of Consciousness University of California at Santa Cruz
1968 BA, Political Science Stanford University

Selected Publications

Lewis, Dan (2010). Gaining Ground in Illinois: Welfare Reform and Person-Centered Policy Analysis. Northern Illinois University Press.

Lewis, Dan (2007). Moving Up and Moving Our? Economic and Residential Mobility in Low Income Chicago Families. Urban Affairs Review.

Lewis, D.A., Lee, B.J., Altenbernd, L. (2006). Depression and Welfare Reform: From Barriers to Inclusion . Journal of Community Psychology.

Lewis, D. A. (2005). New Deal to no deal: The movement toward less government is shifting social responsibility to the states.. Illinois Issues.

Lewis, D. A., with K. S. Slack and B. J. Lee. (2004). Are welfare sanctions working as intended?. Social Science Review. 78(3): 370-403.

Lewis, D. A., with B. Nelson. (2004). Suburban homelessness.. In Encyclopedia of Homeless, Sage Publications/Berkshire, ed. D. Levinson. Great Barrington, Mass.: Reference Works.

Lewis, D. A., with I. Carvalho (2003). Beyond community: Reactions to crime among inner-city residents. Criminology 41(3): 779-812.

Lewis, Dan A., & Nakagawa, K. (1995). Race and Educational Reform in the American Metropolis: A Study of School Decentralization. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Lewis, Dan A., Lurigio, Arthur J., et. al. (1994). The State Mental Patient and Urban Life: Moving In and Out of the Institution. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.

Lewis, Dan A. (1991). The Worlds of the Mentally Ill. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.

Selected Presentations

Pareja, A. S., & Lewis, D. A. (2006). The effect of parental employment on children‚s academic achievement in the context of welfare reform. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. Montreal, Canada.

Other Research/Scholarship

Book reviews: Civil Commitment: A Therapeutic Jurisprudence Model, by Bruce J. Winick, The Law and Politics Book Review, Vol. 16, No. 1, January 2006.

Research Interests

Lewis currently heads a large-scale university consortium to study welfare reform efforts in Illinois. In another current project he is developing a new Suburban Action Research Project that will deliver technical assistance to suburbs struggling with social problems. It will concentrate on issues of homelessness and crime prevention in its initial phase.


Committees (PhD)

Start End Name Position Description
2007 2009 Altenbern Member
2007 2007 Monte Member


Editorial Boards

Year Journal Name Position
2008 Urban Affairs Quarterly Reviewer
2008 Journal of Crime and Delinquency Reviewer
2006 Urban Affairs Quarterly Manuscript Reviewer
2006 Social Science Quarterly Manuscript Reviewer
2006 Criminology Manuscript Reviewer

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