Daniel Lewis

Associate Professor of Political Science

Phone: (518) 782‑6652
Email: dlewis@siena.edu

Daniel C. Lewis

Degrees:

Ph.D. American Politics & Public Policy Michigan State University
M.A. Political Science Michigan State University
B.A. History & Political Science University of Wisconsin, Madison

Bio:

Daniel C. Lewis is an associate professor of political science. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2008 and previously directed the University of New Orleans’ graduate programs in political science. Dr. Lewis’ work on direct democracy, minority rights, term limits, LGBT politics, the policy process, and interest groups has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals. His first book, Direct Democracy and Minority Rights: A Critical Review of the Tyranny of the Majority in the American States was published in 2013. His next book, The Remarkable Rise of Transgender Rights, coauthored with Jami K. Taylor and Donald Haider-Markel, is set to be published by the University of Michigan Press in the coming year. Dr. Lewis teaches American politics and public policy courses with an emphasis on political institutions.

What I love about Siena:

Siena College provides a close-knit community of scholars and students that fosters lifelong learning that goes far beyond the typical liberal arts education. Siena’s emphasis on public service, advocacy, and social justice prepares students to to not only succeed in their own careers, but also have a positive impact on the world as leaders and stewards.

My Favorite courses to teach are:

State & Local Government, Interest Group Politics, Public Policy, Contemporary US Politics, US Minority Politics, Lobbying & Legislative Advocacy

Professional Experience:

Associate Professor Siena College 2017 - Now
Faculty Fellow Community Policy Institute, Siena College 2015 - Now
Assistant Professor Siena College 2013 - 2017
Graduate Coordinator University of New Orleans 2011 - 2013
Assistant Professor University of New Orleans 2008 - 2013
Public & Media Relations League of Conservation Voters 2002 - 2003
Intern U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey (22nd District of New York) 2001 - 2002

Office Hours:

MON: 09:00 AM-11:00 AM
TUE:
WED: 09:00 AM-11:00 AM,02:00 PM-03:00 PM
THU:
FRI:

My current research:

American political institutions, state politics, direct democracy, minority politics, LGBT politics & policy, term limits, interest groups, public policy process, public opinion, federalism, elections & campaigns

My teaching philosophy:

I believe in active and independent learning. Students are encouraged to make their own discoveries and absorb subject matter in dimensional ways, while also developing critical thinking skills. I strive to provide each student with tools to connect abstract concepts and empirics, course material and real world issues, and the public and the private aspects of each of their lives.


Tensions over Gay and Transgender Rights between Localities and States
PS: Political Science & Politics
2018
Challenged Expectations: Perceived Conformity, Gender Identity, and Transgender Rights
Political Psychology
2018
Bringing 'T' to the Table: Understanding Individual Support of Transgender Candidates for Public Office
Politics, Groups, and Identities
2017
Legislative Term Limits and Voter Turnout
State Politics & Policy Quarterly
2017
Transgender Politics as Body Politics: Effects of Disgust Sensitivity and Authoritarianism on Transgender Rights Attitudes
Politics, Groups, and Identities
2017
Challenged Expectations: Perceived Conformity, Gender Identity, and Transgender Rights
Political Psychology
2017
Degrees of Acceptance: Variation in Public Attitudes toward Segments of the LGBT Community
Political Research Quarterly
2017
Testing Contact Theory and Attitudes on Transgender Rights
Public Opinion Quarterly
2017
Evaluating Policy Representation with Dynamic MRP Estimates: Direct Democracy and Same-Sex Relationship Policies in the U.S.
State Politics & Policy Quarterly
2017
Bringing 'T' to the Table: Understanding Individual Support of Transgender Candidates for Public Office
Politics, Groups, and Identities
2016
Transgender Politics as Body Politics: Effects of Disgust Sensitivity and Authoritarianism on Transgender Rights Attitudes
Politics, Groups, and Identities
2016
Challenged Expectations: Perceived Conformity, Gender Identity, and Transgender Rights
Political Psychology
2016
The Impact of Direct Democracy on State Spending Priorities
Electoral Studies, vol. 40
2015
Institutional Characteristics and State Policy Priorities: The Impact of Legislatures and Governors
State Politics & Policy Quarterly, vol. 15
2015
Teaching Interest Groups & Advocacy: A Comparative Review of Textbooks
Interest Groups & Advocacy, vol. 3
2014
Public Opinion & Judicial Behavior in Direct Democracy Systems: Gay Rights in the American States.
State Politics & Policy Quarterly, vol. 14
2014
Gauging Influence: Legislative Lobbying in Wisconsin
Interest Groups & Advocacy, vol. 2
2013
Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Why Bo Didn't Fetch Many Votes for Barack Obama in 2012
PS: Political Science and Politics, vol. 46
2013
Review of State-Local Government Interactions by Joseph F. Zimmerman
American Review of Politics, vol. 34
2013
Content and Complexity in Policy Reinvention and Diffusion: Gay and Transgender-Inclusive Laws against Discrimination
State Politics & Policy Quarterly, vol. 12
2012
Legislative Term Limits and Fiscal Policy Performance
Legislative Studies Quarterly, vol. 37
2012
Public Opinion toward Intergovernmental Policy Responsibilities
Publius, vol. 41
2011
Bypassing the Representational Filter? Minority Rights Policies under Direct Democracy Institutions
State Politics & Policy Quarterly, vol. 11
2011
Direct Democracy and Minority Rights: Same-Sex Marriage Bans in the American States
Social Science Quarterly, vol. 92
2011
category: Teaching
International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, Brandeis University, 2016
category: Research
Southern Political Science Association, 2016
category: Teaching-Research-Service
Center for Academic Community Engagement, Siena College, 2016
The Remarkable Rise of Transgender Rights
2018
Slicing Up the Governmental Pie: Policy Priorities in the American States
2016
The Remarkable Rise of Transgender Rights
2016
Recall Elections
2015
Is Transgender Policy Different?: Policy Complexity, Policy Diffusion and LGBT Nondiscrimination Law
University of Michigan Press
2014
The Advocacy Coalition Framework and Transgender Inclusion in LGBT Rights Activism
University of Michigan Press
2014
Direct Democracy and Minority Rights: A Critical Assessment of the Tyranny of the Majority in the American States
Routledge
ISBN: 978-0-415-537
2013
Disaster Relief
CQ Press
2010
Garbage Can Model of the Policy Process
CQ Press
2010
Advocacy Coalition Networks
CQ Press
2010
Homeland Security
CQ Press
2008
State and Local Bureaucracy
CQ Press
2008
Emergency Management
CQ Press
2008
Direct Democracy and Economic Inequality in the American States
2016
Southern Political Science Association Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Testing Contact Theory and Attitudes on Transgender Rights
2016
Southern Political Science Association Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sexuality vs. Gender Identity: Variation in Public Attitudes toward the LGBT Community
2016
Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois
Challenged Expectations: Perceived Conformity, Gender Identity, and Transgender Rights
2016
Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois
The Bathroom Issue: Transgender Rights and Public Opinion
2016
American Political Science Association Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Direct Democracy and Economic Inequality in the American States
2015
State Politics and Policy Conference, Sacramento, California
What Drives the Relationship between Legislative Term Limits and Fiscal Policy?
2015
Southern Political Science Association Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana
Legislative Term Limits and Voter Turnout in the American States
2014
Southern Political Science Association Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana
Governors or Legislators: Who Determines the Spending Priorities of State Governments?
2014
West Virginia University, Department of Political Science Symposium, Morgantown, West Virginia
Direct Democracy, Policy Responsiveness and Minority Rights: LGBT Rights in the U.S.
2014
The Rights of the Political Minority in America Conference, Oxford, United Kingdom
Testing Policy Responsiveness with Dynamic MRP Estimates: Direct Democracy and Same-Sex Relationship Policies in the U.S.
2014
State Politics and Policy Conference, Bloomington, Indiana
Interest Groups, Public Opinion and State Policy Priorities
2014
Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois
The Impact of Direct Democracy on State Spending Priorities
2013
American Political Science Association Meeting, Chicago, Illinois
The Advocacy Coalition Framework and Transgender Inclusion in LGBT Rights Advocacy: Trans Advocacy in a Post-Windsor World.
2013
American Political Science Association Meeting, Chicago, Illinois
The Impact of Direct Democracy on State Spending Priorities
2013
Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada-British Columbia
Governors or Legislators: Who Determines the Spending Priorities of State Governments?`
2013
State Politics and Policy Conference, Hanover, New Hampshire
Direct Democracy and Dynamic Policy Responsiveness: Gay Rights in the U.S.
2012
American Political Science Association Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana
Dissecting the Relationship between Term Limits and Fiscal Policy.
2012
State Politics and Policy Conference, Houston, Texas
The Power of Persuasion? Lobbying and Legislative Outcomes in Wisconsin
2012
Southern Political Science Association Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana
A Bark without a Bite? Why Bo Won't Fetch Many Votes for Barack Obama in 2012
2012
Southern Political Science Association Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana
Legislative Term Limits and Fiscal Uncertainty
2011
Western Political Science Association Meeting, San Antonio, Texas
Gauging Influence: Legislative Lobbying in Wisconsin
2011
Southern Political Science Association Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana
Risky Business: Term Limits, Budgets and Fiscal Uncertainty
2010
State Politics and Policy Conference, Springfield, Illinois
Direct Democracy & State Policy Priorities
2010
Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois
Minority Rights under Direct Democracy Institutions: Accounting for State-Level Policy Preferences
2009
American Political Science Association Meeting, Toronto, Canada
Direct Democracy, Minority Rights and Judicial Protections
2009
Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois