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Julie Banks Lewis is an historical sociologist who received her MA in Interdisciplinary Studies in a self-designed program focused on power dynamics and structural inequalities. With her education and through her life experiences as a childhood abuse and domestic violence survivor, a disabled individual, and an economically-disadvantaged, single, female head-of-household she has lived and learned unique perceptions about the world we live in.


She uses an interdisciplinary approach of examining and explaining social interaction of individuals and groups over time in America. Combining the disciplines of History and Sociology to determine similarities and differences in how and why people interact in the ways they do, as well as considering what patterns and continuities might be observed; for example, how and why poverties continue for millions of people in the land of plenty.

Next Book:

White Trash Like Me: Human Refuse in 21st Century America

In her second book, Julie Banks Lewis examines how our social, political, and economic systems contributed to her struggles to rise above her socio-economic status.

In the form of a memoir/expose the author shares her life experiences in intimate, often ugly, and sometimes shocking detail.  Her hope is to enhance understanding of classism, poverty, bias/prejudice, divisions, and numerous other social issues, to elicit empathy and compassion for those individuals and groups who live on the margins of society, changing perceptions to change paradigms.


Previously Published Works:

MA thesis, Sonoma State University Library Archives, December 2016

            Against All Odds: How Welfare Recipients in Lake County, CA Exercise Socio-Economic Agency



Vol. 14, No. 10, March 2012

Thoughts to Ponder Upon: Does Anyone Remember the “Golden Rule?”, P. 5

Why Do Boundaries Matter?, P. 11

Beware of Strangers (Short Poem), P. 14

Vol. 14, No. 12, June 2012

Stop the Bullying: For Our Children and Our Future, P. 4

Why LGBT Pride Matter for “Straight” People, Too, P. 6

Youth Gang Activity as Quasi-Religion: A Brief Sociological Examination, P. 6

“The Fatherless Generation:” A New Phenomena or Continuing Dilemma?, P. 6

Vol. 15, No. 2, August 2012

Are Our Rights Being Abridged?, P. 3

The Health and Beauty Industry: Selling You Institutional Ideals to Buy and Die For, P.6

The Sexualization of Our Little Girls, P. 6

Looking For Love In All the Wrong Places: Getting STD’s In Too Many Cases, P. 6

Empathy and Compassion, P. 16

Vol. 15, No. 3, September 2012

Class Disparity in Twenty-First Century America, P. 3

Why We Celebrate Labor Day: Why It’s Still Important, P. 3

Vol. 15, No. 4, October 2012

Disenfranchisement of Our Citizenry, P. 3

Breast Cancer Awareness, P. 6

Vol. 15, No. 6, December 2012

America — Policing the World For Profit, P. 3

Toward a New Way of Being, P. 6

The One and the Many, P. 14

Vol. 15, No. 9, March 2013

Honoring Women, not because It’s National Women’s History Month, but because It’s the Right Thing to Do, P. 3

Vol. 15, No. 12, June/July 2013

An Interdependent Nation, P. 3

Correspondence Series with Ms. Joyce Adams, inmate, Lake County Jail: From the Inside Looking Out; From the Outside Looking In, P. 14

Vol. 16, No. 2, Aug/Sept 2013

It Really Is Time For “Change”, P. 3

Correspondence Series with Ms. Joyce Adams, inmate, Lake County Jail: From the Inside Looking Out; From the Outside Looking In, P. 14


“The Sonoma State ‘Star’”

Vol. 69, Issue 2, 9/4-9/9/2012

Sonoma County Hosting Suicide Prevention and Education Symposium Free to Public, P. 9

Vol. 69, Issue 3, 9/10-9/16/2012

American Psychological Warfare: Pyscho-political Power Plays in the American People’s Aiding and Abetting Proponents of the“War On Terror,” P. 3

Vol. 69, Issue 4, 9/17-9/23/2012

Sonoma County Alliance Offers Hope For People With Mental Illnesses, P. 9


To contact Julie Banks Lewis, please visit our contact page.

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