Amanda Lewis

312-413-1985 (IRRPP), 312-996-4694 (AAST)

Department Biography


Social Policy

Amanda Lewis' research focuses on how race shapes educational opportunities and how our ideas about race get negotiated in everyday life. She is the author of several books including (with John Diamond) Despite the Best Intentions: Why racial inequality persists in good schools (Oxford, 2015) and Race in the Schoolyard: Negotiating the Color-line in Classrooms and Communities (2003). She is also the co-editor (with Maria Krysan) of The Changing Terrain of Race and Ethnicity (2004), and co-author (with Mark Chesler and Jim Crowfoot) of Challenging Racism in Higher Education: Promoting Justice (2005). Her research has appeared in a number of academic venues including Sociological Theory, American Educational Research Journal, American Behavioral Scientist, Race and Society, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, DuBois Review and Anthropology and Education Quarterly

Associated IGPA Projects

Race and Inequality


PhD, University of Michigan, 2000

MA, University of Michigan, 1996

MA, University of California at Berkeley, 1994

BA, Brown University, 1992

IGPA Research By Amanda Lewis