Heritage Hall 427
Research Interests: American government, state and local government, state constitutions, racial politics, black conservatism
Office Hours: By appointment
- BA, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Political Science/Regional and Urban Planning
- MPA, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
- PhD, Political Science, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Political Science/Regional and Urban Planning
Dr. Lewis is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and is involved in various professional associations including the American Political Science Association, the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, and the Southern Political Science Association. She is also actively involved in the Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform as a delegate at the 2009 Mock Constitutional Convention.
She is a regular political analyst for Cox-affiliated stations in Birmingham, including 98.7 KISS FM and 610 WAGG AM. She has also provided political commentary for BlackAmericaWeb.com, Alabama Public Radio, CNN.com, WVTA (Tupelo, Mississippi), and WGHP (Greensboro, North Carolina).
- Introduction to American Government
- State and Local Government
- Introduction to Public Administration
- Politics of Race
- Politics of Black Film and Civil Rights
- Conservatism in the Black Community: To the Right and Misunderstood (Routledge Press, 2013).
- "African Americans and Obama's Domestic Policy Agenda: A Closer Look at Deracialization, the Federal Stimulus Bill, and the Affordable Care Act," with Pearl Dowe and Sekou Franklin, Polity (advance online publication, December 3, 2012).
- American Political Science Association (APSA), Ad Hoc Committee on Workable Solutions to Advancing Women in the Discipline, 2011; Treasurer, Women's Caucus for Political Science, 2009-2010; Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession, 2008-2011; Co-Chair, Committee on the Status of Blacks in the Profession, 2006-2008; APSA Minority Fellowship Program Selection Committee, 2008-2009; Executive Council, Race, Ethnicity and Politics Section, 2003-2005
- American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
- National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS), Chair, Fannie Lou Hamer Award, 2009
- Southwest Political Science Association, Jewel L. Prestage Best Paper Award Committee, 2009-2010; Committee on the Status of African-Americans in the South, 2012-2013
- National Council for Black Studies
- Black Women's Appreciation Faculty Award, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2012
- Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel, TRIO Achiever, 2010
- Editorial Board, Ralph Bunche Journal of Public Affairs, December 2008 – present
- Nominated for the UAB School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Alumni Teaching Award, 2008
- Who's Who In Black Birmingham, 2006 and 2008
- Faculty advisor, Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform, UAB Chapter
- Co-Faculty advisor, Political Science Club