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About Daniel Lewis

Daniel C. Lewis is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Siena College and Faculty Fellow for the Community Policy Institute. His research focuses on how institutions and mass political participation affect policy outcomes, with an emphasis on minority rights and representations. To this end, Dr. Lewis has conducted analyses on how direct democracy institutions, term limits, interest groups, and public opinion can influence state policy outcomes. His work in these areas has been published in State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Interest Groups & Advocacy, and Publius. His book, Direct Democracy and Minority Rights, was published in 2013 as part of Routledge's Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation series. He has recently been engaged in a ongoing project on the politics of transgender rights with a team of scholars from across the country. So far, five studies from this project have been published in journals such as Political Research Quarterly, Political Psychology, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Politics, Groups, and Identities. Along with Jami Taylor and Donald Haider-Markel, Dr. Lewis recently completed a book manuscript, The Remarkable Rise of Transgender Rights, which is under contract with the University of Michigan Press. Dr. Lewis has taught courses on State and Local Politics, Public Policy, Minority Politics, Interest Groups, and Research Methods. He is a Brandeis University ENACT Faculty Fellow and is the process of developing an experiential learning course on legislative lobbying in the NY State Legislature for the Spring 2018 semester.


2013 Present Assistant Professor and CPI Faculty Fellow, Siena College
20082013 Assistant Professor & Graduate Coordinator, University of New Orleans, New Orleans ‐ Department of Political Science

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

American Political Institutions, U.S. State Politics & Policy, Direct Democracy, LGBT Politics & Policy, and Interest Groups

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Honors and Awards

  • Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation (ENACT) Faculty Fellowship, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, Brandeis University


  • Research Methods
  • Interest Group Politics
  • Minority Politics
  • Contemporary US Politics
  • Public Policy
  • State and Local Politics


20032008 Ph.D., Michigan State University ‐ Department of Political Science
19972001 B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison ‐ Political Science/History

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Articles (17)

Contributions to Books (2)