Professor Lewis received her B.A. at Brown University and holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks: The Vietnam Antiwar Movement as Myth and Memory and The City Is the Factory: New Solidarities and Spatial Strategies in an Urban Age (co-edited with Miriam Greenberg), and the forthcoming A People’s Guide to New York City (co-authored with Carolina Bank Munoz and Emily Molina). With SLU colleagues Ruth Milkman and Stephanie Luce, she co-authored the policy report “Changing the Subject: A Bottom-Up Account of Occupy Wall Street in New York City.” She has worked as a union organizer and has been active in various labor and community organizations, including Jobs with Justice and the CUNY Professional Staff Congress, where she currently serves as Vice President for Senior Colleges

 

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  • Ph.D., Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York, Sociology, 2009
  • M. Phil, Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York, Sociology, 2003
  • B.A., Brown University, Semiotics, 1993

  • PSC-CUNY TRAD A Award (co PI with Carolina Bank-Munoz and Emily Molina), 2016-2017
  • PSC-CUNY TRAD A Award, 2013-2014
  • Russell Sage Foundation, Research on Occupy Wall Street, co-Principal Investigator, 2011-2012
  • PSC-CUNY TRAD A Award, 2011-2012
  • Faculty Fellow, Center for Place, Culture and Politics, CUNY Graduate Center, 2003-2004
  • Writing Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center, 2001-2003
  • Student Fellow, Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, 2001-2002
  • Graduate Teaching Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Robert F. Gilleece Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center

  • Social Class
  • Social Movements
  • Sociological and Political Theory
  • Labor and Labor History
  • Political Sociology
  • Race, Class, Gender
  • Urban Studies
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Social Problems
  • Historical and Qualitative Methods

  • BOOKS:
    • A People’s Guide to New York City, co-author with Carolina Bank Munoz and Emily Molina, University of California Press, forthcoming 2020
    • The City is the Factory: New Solidarities and Spatial Strategies in an Urban Age, co-editor with Miriam Greenberg, Cornell University Press, 2017.
    • Hardhats, Hippies and Hawks, The Vietnam Antiwar Movement as Myth and Memory, Cornell University Press, 2013.
  • CHAPTERS AND ARTICLES
    • “Organizing for Economic Justice in the 1960’s,” Reframing 1968, edited by Martin Halliwell and Nick Witham, Edinburgh University Press, 2018
    • “Preface” and “Introduction,” with Miriam Greenberg; “Economic Development for Whom? Retail, Neoliberal Urbanism, and the ‘Fight for $15’”, with Stephanie Luce, in The City is the Factory: New Solidarities and Spatial Strategies in an Urban Age, co-editor with Miriam Greenberg, Cornell University Press, 2017.
    • “Occupy Wall Street,” co-author with Ruth Milkman and Stephanie Luce, Social Movements Reader, Jeff Goodwin and James Jasper 2015
    • “Changing the Subject: A Bottom Up Account of Occupy Wall Street in New York City,” co-author with Ruth Milkman and Stephanie Luce, Murphy Institute, CUNY. Russell Sage Foundation Report. January 2013.
    • “The Genie’s Out of the Bottle: Insiders Perspectives on Occupy Wall Street,” co-author with Ruth Milkman and Stephanie Luce, Sociological Quarterly 54 (2013), 194-8.
    • “Labor and Occupy: An Appraisal of the First Six Months,” co-author with Stephanie Luce, New Labor Forum 21 (2), Spring 2012, 43-49.
    • “New York City, Academic Labor Town,” co-author with Ashley Dawson, in Andrew Ross, Monika Krause, Mary Nolan, Michael Palm (eds.), The University Against Itself: The NYU Strike and the Future of the Academic Workplace, Temple University Press, 2008.
    • “Trade Union Unity League,” “Communism and Unions,” essays in Robert Wier and James P. Hanlan (eds.), Historical Encyclopedia of American Labor, Westport: Greenwood Press, 2005.
    • “Collective Memory of Vietnam Antiwar Protest,” in Colin Barker and Mike Tyldesley (eds.), Alternative Futures and Popular Protest X, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2005.

  • Invited Talks
    • “History of Labor’s Political Strategies,” Retirees Chapter, Professional Staff Congress, October 2018
    • “People’s History of New York City,” SIT Study Abroad, New York, August 2018
    • “How Will Janus Vs Afscme Affect the Union Landscape,” New York State United Teachers Leadership training conference, October 28, 2017
    • “City is the Factory,” Urban Democracy Lab, New York University, November 6, 2017
    • “Right to Work and the Future of the Public Sector,” Queens College, September 28, 2017
    • “Right to the City,” Museum of the City of New York, August 3, 2017
    • “Unions in the Trump Era,” Democratic Socialists of America Labor Section, New York, December 14, 2016
    • “What Unions Do,” presentation to members and staff from the New York City City Council, at the offices of DC 37 125 Barclay Street, NY, May 2015
    • “Class Dynamics of The Vietnam Antiwar Movement,” at The Vietnam War Then and Now: Assessing the Critical Lessons, Kroc Institute for Peace, held at NYU Center in Washington DC, May 2015
    • “Hardhats, Hippies and Hawks: The Antiwar Movement Remembered” Baker Peace Conference, Ohio University, Athens OH March 2015
    • “Hardhats Hippies and Hawks,” Adelphi University, NY November 2014
    • “Hardhats Hippies and Hawks,” Professional Staff Congress, Retirees Luncheon, NY September 2014
    • “A Brief History of Occupy Wall Street and Its Aftermath,” RENGO, Tokyo, Japan, July 2014
    • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Social Class, American Colleges of the South, two day workshop, Furman University, Greenville, North Carolina, June 2014
    • “Social class and the Vietnam Antiwar Movement,” Social Movements seminar, Barnard College April 2014
    • “Labor and Affordable Housing,” New York Central Labor Council, Feb 20 2014
    • “Worker Cooperatives,” Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, New York, January 30, 2014
    • “Occupy: Roots, Strategy and Future,” New York University, December 2013
    • “Hardhats, Hippies and Hawks,” Left Labor Project, 1199, New York, June 27, 2013
    • “From Hardhats v. Hippies to Occupying Wall Street: Class and Social Protest in the US,” Sociology Colloquium Series, University of California, Santa Cruz, June 2013
    • “Where Hast Thou Been, Occupy?” Panelist, Just Giving Conference 2013, sponsored by the Edge Funders Alliance, May 2013
    • “New Developments in the Labor Movement: Can the Unions Survive/Revive or is
    • a New Strategy for the Labor Movement Necessary?” Final panel of one-day conference, “Where is the Labor Movement Now and Where is it Going?” Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work, CUNY Graduate Center, April 2013
    • “Progressive Global Economic and Social Policy”, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, New York, December, 2012
    • “Women and Labor Leadership,” Athena Honors Program, Barnard College, November 2012
    • “What Labor and Occupy Can Learn from Each Other,” New York Society for Ethical Culture, September, 2012
    • “Occupy Wall Street and Organized Labor,” Annual Meeting of the Organization for American Historians, Milwaukee, WI, April 2012
    • “Labor Community Coalitions,” Respondent, Higher Education Conference, American Federation of Teachers, Chicago, IL March 2012
    • “Labor and Occupy Wall Street,” n + 1 Journal, New York City, November 2011
    • “Honoring and Engaging Aronowitz: Rethinking Labor and the Labor Movement,” Left Forum, New York, March, 2011
    • “Labor Rights and Faculty,” Professional Staff Congress Junior Faculty Orientation, New York City Technical College, April 2010
    • “Situating the Vietnam Antiwar Movement: The Development and Growth of the Vietnam Antiwar Movement in the Context of Civil Rights Struggles,” New School University, April 2009
    • “Academic Labor,” How Class Works, Stonybrook, June 2008
    • Guest Speaker for “In the Year of the Pig,” dir. Emile De Antonio, Labor Goes to the Movies, PSC, April 2008
    • “Bridging Working-Class and Middle-Class Activism,” Jobs With Justice National Meeting, St. Louis, October 2005
    • “The Politics and Strategy of Labor,” Radicalism in Labor: Radical Approaches to the Crisis in the Labor Movement Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, November 2005
    • Guest Speaker for “Norma Rae,” dir. Martin Ritt, Labor Goes to the Movies, PSC, November 2004
    • “Labor and Globalization,” Teamsters Local 237, New York City, April 2004
  • Panel and Conference Facilitation
    • “Membership Mobilization and Collective Bargaining in an Open Shop Environment,” Afternoon workshop co-Presider, Presenter and Facilitator, National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions
    • “Energy From Unlikely Sources,” Panel facilitator, School of Labor and Urban Studies, October 12, 2018
    • “Janus and Beyond: The Future of Public Sector Unions,” Conference Organizer and presider, November 17, 2017
    • “Austerity and Public Education,” Panel facilitator, Murphy Institute, November 2016
    • “The Occupy Movement”, Roundtable discussant, Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section, American Sociological Association, Seattle, August 2016
    • “Fighting Walmart,” Chair and Discussant, Thematic Session, American Sociological Association, Seattle, 2016
    • “Relations of Media Production in Occupy Wall Street,” Politics and Protest Workshop Discussant, May 2016
    • “Infrastructures of Labor,” Chair and Discussant, Urban Democracy Lab, New York University, December 2014.
    • “For Democracy and a Caste System? World War II, Race, and Democratic Inclusion in the United States,” Politics and Protest Workshop Paper Discussant, CUNY Graduate Center, October 2014
    • “Strategic Interaction Spirals: The Case of Occupy Nashville,” Politics and Protest Workshop Paper Discussant, CUNY Graduate Center, April 2014
    • “Social Inequality and Social Movements,” Discussant, American Sociological Association, New York, August, 2013
    • “Expanding the Boundaries of the US Labor Movement,” Discussant, American Sociological Association, New York, August, 2013
    • “The New Movements: We Won’t Pay for Your Crisis-We Are Your Crisis,” Chair and Discussant, Labor And Working Class History Association Conference, June 2013
    • “Arts and Labor,” Panel facilitator, Arts and Labor Working Group, P!, New York, January 2013
    • “May Day 2012 – Coalition Formation,” Plenary Organizer and Facilitator, How Class Works, Stonybrook, NY June 2012
    • “Piven/West Fight Back Teach In,” Speaker, Co-coordinated NYC local activists, Judson Memorial Church, April 2011
    • “Writing Across the Curriculum: Current Research, Current Problems,” Conference Organizer and presenter, BMCC, 2008
    • “NYC Activists Meet Sociologists,” American Sociological Association Presidential reception, Organizer and Coordinator, New York, 2007
    • “Using Media in Teaching Inequality,” Panel Chair, Eastern Sociological Society, Philadelphia, 2007
    • “How to Survive (and Thrive!) in Your First Five Years at CUNY,” Professional Staff Congress, Conference Organizer and Facilitator, Baruch College, 2004 and 2005

  • Board Member: Arts and Letters Parents Association Diversity Committee, 2014- present
  • Park Slope Childcare Collective, Board Member 2009-2014, Board President 2011-2012
  • Ongoing outside evaluator, East Side Community High, 2010-present
  • Board member, NY Jobs With Justice 2000-2008
  • Member of American Sociological Association (Sections: Collective Behavior/Social Movements, Labor and Labor Movements; Urban; Comparative Sociology/Historical Sociology)
  • Member of American Studies Association
  • Member of United Association for Labor Education
  • Organizer, Professional Staff Congress, 2001-2003
  • Program Coordinator, Committee for a Program in Intercultural Studies, CUNY Graduate Center 1997-1998
  • Research Consultant, National Campaigns, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, 1997-1998
  • National Coordinator and Membership Coordinator, National Lawyers Guild, 1993-1997

Penny Lewis