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Jack Levinson

Assistant Professor


Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership




NAC 6/139

p: 212-650-5845

e: jlevinson@ccny.cuny

  • Profile

    Jack Levinson does research on disability and health, drug use and control, and the social and cultural uses of expert knowledge.  In addition to sociology, he teaches in the Sophie Davis Biomedical Program's course on addiction.  He earned an interdisciplinary bachelor's degree in social science at Wesleyan University and a doctorate in sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center.  Before joining City College, he taught at Hunter College and Columbia University.

    Professor Levinson has worked in public and private sector social services in New York City (with intellectual and developmental disabilities, drug use, homelessness, and families affected by HIV and AIDS).  His book, Making Life Work: Freedom and Disability in a Community Group Home (University of Minnesota Press) is based on more than a year of field research in a community group home for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New York City.  


  • Education

    B.A. (with Honors) Wesleyan University
    Ph.D. The City University of New York Graduate Center

  • Research Interests

    Disability and health
    Drug use and control
    Work and organizations
    Knowledge and culture

  • Publications

    Making Life Work:Freedom and Disability in a Community Group Home. University of Minnesota Press, 2010.

    Levinson, J. and K. McKinney. (2013) "Consuming an Edge:  ADHD, Psychostimulants and Success at the Corporate University."  Transcultural Psychiatry, 50(3) 371–396.

    Winick, C. and J. Levinson. (2011) "Epidemiology."  Chapter 2 in Lowinson & Ruiz's Substance Abuse: A Comprehensive Textbook, Fifth Edition, edited by P. Ruiz and E. Strain.  New York: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

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