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Tracey Lewis-Elligan

  • Associate Professor
  • PhD​
  • Sociology
  • Faculty
  • 773.325.1889
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  • 990 West Fullerton Avenue, Room 1204

​Tracey Lewis-Elligan is an Associate Professor of Sociology.  She teaches courses on family, health, and race and ethnic relations.  She received her BA from Hampton University, her MA from the New School for Social Research, and her PhD from Syracuse University.  She was a W.K. Kellogg Scholar at the University of Michigan where her training focused on community based participatory research methods.  Her research focuses on three areas: women’s reproductive health from child birth to menopause; mothering and motherhood; and community based participatory methods and evaluation research.  Her stance is critical with a gaze to using her research to disrupt structural inequalities.  Her current project examines Chicago’s “birthing world”- investigating birth workers (midwives, doulas, physicians, community leaders) in pursuit of reproductive justice. Her previous work has been published in Developmental Psychology and edited book chapters.​ 

Research Interests

  • Health and Reproductive Health
  • Family
  • Mothering and Motherhood
  • Community Based Participatory Research Methods


Tracey Y. Lewis-Elligan. 2010.  “Weaving Messages of Self-Esteem: Empowering Mothers and Daughters Through Hair Braiding."  In​​​  Redbones and Blackberries:  Critical Articulation of Black Hair/Body Politic in Africana Communities, edited by Regina Spellers and Kimberly Moffit, 329-343.  Hampton Press: Cresskell, NJ.

Tracey Y. Lewis-Elligan.  2008.  “Medical Experimentation."  Encyclopedia of Race,Ethnicity, and Society Volume 2, edited by Richard Schaefer, Shu-Ju Ada Cheng, and Kiljoong Kim, 883-885.  Sage:  Thousand Oaks, CA.

Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, Hillary ​N. Fouts, Michael E.Lamb, and Tracey Y. Lewis-Elligan. 2005.“Mothers' and Fathers' Toward Their 3-to-4 Month-Old Infants in Lower, Middle, and Upper Socioeconomic African American Families."  Developmental Psychology.  41: 723-732.​