Channel C. McLewis Assistant Professor

Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
M.A. in Higher Education and Organizational Change, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
M.A. in Sociology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
B.A. in Sociology; Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Dr. Channel C. McLewis earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As an interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. McLewis studies Black participation in higher education, particularly racial inequities in college pathways and career trajectories. Her research investigates how racial and gendered realities shape how Black women negotiate their multifaceted identities and navigate the higher education terrain. She also studies innovative strategies and initiatives that seek to advance institutional transformation. Dr. McLewis examines whether STEMM interventions facilitate organizational change on college campuses. Her work has been published in the Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, and the International Encyclopedia of Education.

Originally from Bakersfield, California, Dr. McLewis is an alumnae of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program and the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholars Program. Her personal and educational experiences motivate her commitment to social justice and equity for minoritized communities.

Areas of Expertise

  • Higher Education
  • Critical Social Theories
  • Sociology of Higher Education
  • Equity

Dr. McLewis mentors and advises students in the Higher Education concentration in the Ph.D. program and the Higher Education specialization in the EdD program who are interested in advancing social change in postsecondary contexts. In addition, she teaches courses offered to PhD students in Educational Studies, Ed.D. students in Educational Administration, and M.A. students in Student Affairs Administration.

  • McLewis, C. C, Jones, C, Regassa, G., & Allen, W. R. (2023). Outsiders Within: Black Faculty in US Higher Education. In K. Lomotey & W. A. Smith (Eds.), Racial crisis in American higher education (3rd ed.) State University of New York Press.
  • McLewis, C. C., Gutzwa, J. A., & Hurtado, S. (2023). Feminist and critical approaches to gender in qualitative research. In R. Tierney, F. Rizvi, & K. Ercikan (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Education (4th ed.). Elsevier.
  • McLewis, C. C. (2021). The limits of choice: A Black feminist critique of college “choice” theories and research. In L. W. Perna (Ed.), Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research (Vol. 36, pp. 105-160). Springer.
  • Courses Taught

    • EDAD 842: College Students in America