Alumni (National Fellow)

Heather Lewis

National Fellow
Brooklyn, New York
B.A. Long Island University (1988)
Ph.D. New York University (2006)
Professional Sector:
Dream Mentor:
Martha Biondi
Northwestern University
Fields of Interest:
African American History
Social History
Urban History


Heather Lewis is a professor of art and design education and chair at Pratt Institute. Her historical research focuses on the intersection of urban social movements and institutional reform in New York City. Her book about New York City’s community control movement in the 1960s, New York City Public Schools from Brownsville to Bloomberg: The Community Control Movement and its Legacy, New York: Teachers College Press, 2013, explores the history of grassroots organizing for educational justice. Lewis founded and directs Assessment for Learning at Pratt Institute which supports inclusive, cross-disciplinary faculty learning communities devoted to improving the quality of teaching and learning in art and design. She has published and presented her work on teaching, learning and assessment in higher education, including, Future Teachers and Historical Habits of Mind: A Pedagogical Case Study. History of Education Quarterly, Volume 56:2 (February, 2016); Assessment by Design: Scaling up by Thinking Small. In Reframing Quality Assurance in Creative Disciplines, edited by Joseph M. Hoey IV and Jill L. Ferguson, 107-116. Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground Publishing, 2015.

Thesis Description:

Scaling Down: Half a Century of Community Control in New York City’s Schools, 1945-95

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