Demar Lewis

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B.A., International Business, cum laude, University of St. Thomas
M.P.P., Public Policy, University of Michigan
Areas of Interest: 
Prisoner Reentry; Policing; Inequality; Race Relations; Urban Sociology; Historical Sociology; Law & Society

Demar F. Lewis IV is a PhD student in the Departments of Sociology and African American Studies at Yale University. He is generally interested in exploring how the presence of framing agents and framing institutions in the carceral state shape prisoner reentry outcomes, police-citizen encounters, and health disparities in marginalized communities.

Demar’s research agenda is concerned with exposing the resilience of trauma, “crime scripts,” and social inequities in American communities that have experienced historical racial or state-sanctioned violence. His master’s thesis leverages a unique mixed-methods approach to empirically study lynching as a national phenomenon with political motivations beyond the scope of racial prejudice. Additionally, Demar’s research seeks to examine how communities navigate traumas and health disparities associated with officer-involved killings and frequent contact with the criminal justice system.
Additional Affiliations
-Ronald E. McNair Scholars Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program
-Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)
-Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
-New Leaders Council (Detroit Chapter)
-Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy (Alumni Board Member)


Lewis, D.F., IV., 2016. “Interview with Courtney Carter: Unpacking the Mandate Rhetoric of HBCU Diversity Discourse.” In Penny A. Pasque, Noe Ortega, John C. Burkhardt and Marie P. Ting, (Eds.) Transforming Understandings of Diversity In Higher Education: Demography, Democracy, and Discourse Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Lewis, D.F., IV., 2016. “Transforming the Black Silent Majority into an Engaged Black Majority.” Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy 22: 18-20.