Justine Lewis is a researcher and practitioner at Binghamton University with a focus on refugee integration and social networks. Before academia, she was a Public Affairs Specialist and Acting Deputy Director of Public Engagement, working for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration (2013) from Cornell University’s Cornell Institute for Public Affairs and an additional Masters in Human Development (2011) from Cornell University’s School of Human Ecology.
As a Public Humanities Fellow, she will explore the role of relationships in refugee integration. Lewis uses personal network analysis to produce statistical maps that help showcase the types of social connections that best support refugees as they find employment, housing, and language acquisition, among other integration outcomes.