Jack Levinson

Associate Professor

Main Affiliation



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Jack Levinson


Jack Levinson does research on disability and health, drug use and control, and the social and cultural uses of expert knowledge.  In addition to sociology, he teaches in the Sophie Davis Biomedical Program's course on addiction.  He earned an interdisciplinary bachelor's degree in social science at Wesleyan University and a doctorate in sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center.  Before joining City College, he taught at Hunter College and Columbia University.

Professor Levinson has worked in public and private sector social services in New York City (with intellectual and developmental disabilities, drug use, homelessness, and families affected by HIV and AIDS).  His book, Making Life Work: Freedom and Disability in a Community Group Home (University of Minnesota Press) is based on more than a year of field research in a community group home for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New York City.  



B.A. (with Honors) Wesleyan University
Ph.D. The City University of New York Graduate Center

Research Interests

Disability and health
Drug use and control
Work and organizations
Knowledge and culture


Making Life Work:Freedom and Disability in a Community Group Home. University of Minnesota Press, 2010.

Levinson, J. and K. McKinney. (2013) "Consuming an Edge:  ADHD, Psychostimulants and Success at the Corporate University."  Transcultural Psychiatry, 50(3) 371–396.

Winick, C. and J. Levinson. (2011) "Epidemiology."  Chapter 2 in Lowinson & Ruiz's Substance Abuse: A Comprehensive Textbook, Fifth Edition, edited by P. Ruiz and E. Strain.  New York: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.