Demar Lewis is a PhD student in the Departments of Sociology and African American Studies at Yale. Broadly, Demar is interested in analyzing how communities that have experienced historical and contemporary forms of violence—as a consequence of structural racism and/or state-sanctioning—are associated with communities where trauma, crime, and social inequities are most resilient today. His research focuses on investigating the national phenomena of 19th and 20th Century U.S. lynchings and 21st Century fatal police-citizen encounters.
In 2018, Demar was selected to participate in cohort 3 of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Research Scholars Program. He received his BA from the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business and MPP from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.