Dr. Lewin was born in Harlem, New York. His parents hail from Jamaica and Cuba. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Sociology from Queens College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He has been at Baruch since 1979.
His research has included topics in Jamaican political history, charismatic leadership in African America, Africa and the Caribbean and the class structure in Black America. He is the author of the popular book, Africa Is Not A Country. It’s A Continent! He is currently chronicling the origins and development of Black Studies departments on campuses across the country.
He teaches African History and Black Americans and the Mass Media. In the former, the class explores the history of Africa from 5,000,000 BC up until the present. In the latter, they examine the Black image in television, literature, newspapers and the internet, but above all they focus on the movies and the hypnotic imagery and symbolism that they contain. All are welcome to his class, as active students, or occasional visitors.