Lynn Lewis

The Picture the Homeless Oral History Project
Phone: 212 920 4866
Lynn works at the intersection of community organizing, oral history, participatory action research and popular education. She is the former ED and civil rights organizer at Picture the Homeless, is a founding steering committee member of the New York City Community Land Initiative (NYCCLI) and Communities United for Police Reform and is a founding board member of the E. Harlem/El Barrio Community Land Trust, and is formerly homeless. Lynn has an MA in Oral History from Columbia U, and is the recipient of a NEH/OHA Fellowship 2022/2023 for her work on the Picture the Homeless Oral History Project. Her book, Women Who Change the World: Stories From the Fight for Social Justice, (City Lights, 2023) is a collection of oral history interviews with community organizers and cultural workers. Lynn is an adjunct faculty at the New School and advisor with the Housing Justice Oral History Project at the New School.


2018 MA in Oral History from Columbia University2020/2021 Interviewer The NYC Covid-19 Oral History, Narrative, and Memory Project 2022/2023 NEH Fellow for The Picture the Homeless Oral History Project2023 Published oral historian/author Women Who Change the World, Stories from the Fight for Social Justice2023 to Present Project Advisor, Trainer, The Housing Justice Oral History Project, the New School for Social Research


Project Design and ManagementConsiderations around interviewing and interviewing techniquesCreating participatory oral history spaces and projectsIntegrating oral history as a research method for teachersCreating popular education pieces from oral history interviews


Regions Available for Work

Other Regions: New York in person|| otherwise anywhere in the U.S. via zoom

Purpose of Contact

  • I am available to answer questions, or provide mentorship to other oral historians
  • I am available for hire - as an oral historian, consultant, presenter, educator, or related services
  • I am available to collaborate - on research, community projects, artistic endeavors, or other joint undertakings with peers
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