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R. L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy

Associate Professor


Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership



Affiliated Departments

Black Studies


North Academic Center 6/132

  • Profile

    R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Black Studies program at the City College of New York – CUNY. As a scholar, his research concentrates on educational inequality in American public schools. His book, Inequality in the Promised Land: Race, Resources, an Suburban Schooling (Stanford University Press 2014), concentrates on the experiences of low income and racial minority families' attempts at accessing school-related resources.

    His wider research agenda addresses the areas of racial identity, youth culture, and mental health. In racial identity, his work has explored the negotiation of identity in the post-Civil Rights era. His work on youth culture has concentrated on the expansion of Hip-Hop culture and its relation to the lives of African-Americans. His work on mental health has explored the relationship between race, discrimination, and gender justice.

    As a scholar-activist, he is engaged in projects relating to the reformation of education, Hip-Hop culture activism, and race-conscious policies. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Sociology from the University of Michigan.

  • Education

    Ph.D. Public Policy and Sociology - University of Michigan

    B.A. Sociology - Morehouse College

  • Courses Taught

    Sociology/ Black Studies 31109 - Sociology of the African-American Experience

    Black Studies 10100 - Introduction to African Heritage: American Experience

    Sociology c1266 - Race, Schools, and Policy (Masters Level)

    Black Studies/Sociology 31111 - Social Inequality and Hip-Hop

  • Research Interests

    Race, Sociology of Education, Public Policy, Gender Justice

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