Patricia Lewis


  • BSW, Southern Adventist University, 2010
  • MSW with Emphasis in Trauma and Emergency Response, Southern Adventist University, 2011
  • MPH in Global Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Population Studies, Emory University, 2016

General Research Areas:

Gender Based Violence, Neighborhoods and Housing, Intersectionality, Social Capital/Social Networks, Gender and Health

Current Research: 

My scholarship bridges sociology of the family and public health to address the question “How does gender-based violence contribute to social and health inequities among families?” While interpersonal violence is common in the lives of many women, so too is structural violence from the state in the form of gender discrimination, institutional racism, and poverty. These violent underpinnings often constrain women’s choices in relationship formation, parenting, and housing. My scholarship expands the literature on gender-based violence by examining residential attainment through a feminist lens, revealing the intersectional vulnerabilities of women that expose them to violence and housing insecurity. Such inequities are both geographically concentrated and structurally reinforced. I employ a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies to explore these questions including panel data analyses, multivariate logistic regression, grounded theory approaches, and narrative analysis.


Violence and Housing Insecurity among Mothers in U.S. Urban Centers

Selected Publications:
  • Patricia Lewis and Sabino Kornrich. 2019. "Nonresident Fathers' Spending on Children: Child Support Payments and Housing Instability." 
    Journal of Family Issues 41(9): 1470-1497.
  • Kathryn Yount, Patricia Lewis, Cari Jo Clark, Lori Heise, Ruchira Naved, and Lauren Maxwell. 2020.  "Development and Validation of the LoVI: The Laws on Violence against Women and Girls Index." BMC International Health and Human Rights 20(13). DOI: 10.1186/s12914-020-00233-z
  • Patricia Lewis, Irina Bergenfeld, Quach Thu Trang, Tran Hung Minh, Jessica M. Sales, and Kathryn Yount. 2021. "Gender Norms and Sexual Consent in Dating Relationships: A Qualitative Study of University Students in Vietnam." Culture, Health & Sexuality, DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2020.1846078

Public Scholarship:

Currriculum Vitae