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Maria M. Lewis

Maria M. Lewis
Phone: 814-865-2966
Office Address:
204G Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Assistant Professor of Education


Education Policy Studies


Educational Leadership

Other Penn State Affiliations

Faculty Affiliate, Penn State Law

Areas of Expertise


Equity and Diversity

Social Issues

Civil Rights and Education
Education and Law
Education Policy

Courses Taught

EDLDR 530, Leadership for Inclusive Education

EDLDR 531, Leadership and Diversity

EDLDR 565, Personnel Management and Contract Administration

EDLDR 576, Law and Education

EDLDR 577, Law and Ethics

Education History

J.D., 2012, University of Wisconsin; Ph.D., 2014, University of Wisconsin

Representative Publications

Lewis, M.M. & Bray L. (2019). Research Use in Endrew F.: A Call for Amicus Briefs as a Means to Influence Special Education Policy. Journal of Disability Policy Studies. Online first.

 Lewis, M. M., & Eckes, S. E. (2019). Storytelling, leadership, and the law: Using Amicus Briefs to Understand the Impact of School District Policies and Practices Related to Transgender Student Inclusion. Educational Administration Quarterly. Online first.

 Lewis, M. M., Garces, L. M., & Frankenberg, E. (2019). A Comprehensive and Practical Approach: Building a Broader Understanding of the Office for Civil Rights’ Role in Education. Educational Researcher, 48 (1), 51-60.

Lewis, M. M., & Kern, S. (2018). Using Education Law as a Tool to Empower Social Justice Leaders to Promote LGBTQ Inclusion. Educational Administration Quarterly. Online first.

Lewis, M. M. (2018). Navigating the Grey Area: A School District's Documentation of the Relationship between Disability and Misconduct. Teachers College Record, 20(10), 1-30.

Lewis, M. M. (2017). The Relationship between Disability and Student Misconduct: The Need for Policy Change, Guidance and Professional Development. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 25(50), 1-24.

Mead, J. F., & Lewis, M. M. (2016). The Implications of the Use of Parental Choice as a Legal “Circuit Breaker.” American Educational Research Journal, 53(1), 100-131.

Lewis, M. M. (2015). Student Rights, Dignity and Marriage Equality: How LGBTQ Case Law Can Inform Our Understanding of First Amendment Jurisprudence. West's Education Law Reporter, 323(1), 1-18.