PhD Alumna Receives National Honor for Contributions to Feminist Scholarship, Teaching, and Service

Headshot of Edith LewisEdith Lewis, PhD ’85, received the 2022 Alexis J. Walker Lifetime Achievement Award from the Feminism and Family Science Section of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Dr. Lewis is a Professor Emerita of Social Work and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan.

Her primary research interests include methods used by women of color to offset personal, familial, community, and professional role strain. This has included involvement in studies identifying strengths within African-American women’s communities; the intersections of gender and ethnicity in the lives of women of color; outcomes of an intervention project for pregnant, substance-dependent women; multiple role strains for faculty women of color.

Professor Lewis’s 40 years of community service spans international, national, state, and local organizations. She was a former board member of the Groves Conference on Families, an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Ghana Department of Social Work, and an External Examiner for the West African Examinations Board. Nationally, her service included the National Association of Black Social Workers, the Council on Social Work Education, the National Council on Family Relations, and the Boards of Trustees of American Baptist and Episcopal churches.

Dr. Lewis will give a plenary talk at the 2023 NCFR conference.