Amanda Lewis

Amanda E Lewis

Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools

Amanda Lewis is director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and College of Liberal Arts & Sciences distinguished professor of African American Studies & Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of several award-winning books, including, with co-author John Diamond, Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Persists in Good Schools (Oxford University Press, 2015) and Race in the Schoolyard: Negotiating the Color Line in Classrooms and Communities (Rutgers University Press, 2003). Her research has appeared in a number of academic venues, and she was most recently was awarded the 2018 Founders Award for Scholarship & Service from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities.


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