Bio


Clara S. Lewis teaches in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric and advises for the Notation in Science Communication. She holds a BA in sociology from Smith College and a Ph.D. in American Studies from The George Washington University.

She writes scholarship and narrative nonfiction on human extremes, including Tough on Hate? The Cultural Politics of Hate Crime (Rutgers University Press) and articles in Symbolic Interaction, Writing on the Edge, the Qualitative Report, and Sport in Society.

Academic Appointments


  • Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


true crime writing, critical criminology, sociology of law, sociology of higher education

All Publications


  • The Myth of Entitlement: Students' Perceptions of the Relationship between Grading and Learning at an Elite University QUALITATIVE REPORT Lewis, C. S., Della Williams, B., Sohn, M., Loy, T. 2017; 22 (11): 2997–3010
  • Crisis Rhetoric, Stigma Play: The Contested Status of Humanities Majors on an Elite University Campus SYMBOLIC INTERACTION Lewis, C. S. 2017; 40 (3): 378–95

    View details for DOI 10.1002/SYMB.288

    View details for Web of Science ID 000409005000005

  • Danny MacAskill and the Visuality of the Extreme Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics Lewis, C. S. 2015
  • Confessions of a Recovering Grade Inflator Writing on the Edge Lewis, C. S. 2014; 24 (2)
  • Tough-on-Crime Tolerance: The Cultural Criminalization of Bigotry in the Post-Civil Rights Era CRITICAL CRIMINOLOGY Lewis, C. S. 2012; 20 (3): 275-292
  • Life Chances and Wellness: Meaning and Motivation in the Vinyasa Yoga Market Sport in Society Lewis, C. S. 2008; 11 (5)
  • The Doughnut of Progress: Krispy Kreme and the Rationalization of Fun Columbia Journal of American Studies Lewis, C. S. 2007; 8