Paul Levy grew up in South bend, Indiana. After graduating from Amherst College, he obtained a social work master’s degree from Case-Western Reserve University and a law degree from Georgetown University. For many years he was a lawyer with Legal Services of Indiana representing poverty groups such as neighborhood groups, public housing tenant councils, and community economic development corporations. He was a legal advisor and community organizer with the Vermont Center for Independent Living for several years and helped organize cross-disability advocacy groups around that state. For two decades, Paul was an adjunct teacher at Indiana University and Smith College and in retirement was an adjunct at Southern New Hampshire University.
In mid-career, Paul returned to school to obtain a doctorate in social work from Columbia specializing in social welfare policy. His dissertation (with honors) was, “Supreme Court Welfare Reform – Has It Lasted?” and his advisor was Richard Cloward who, with wife Francis Fox Piven wrote extensively about social movements.
After obtaining his doctorate, Paul became a professor in the School of Human Services (SHS) at Springfield College. SHS was an experimental program for working adults and offered bachelor and masters degrees. Paul taught courses in political economy, social policy history and analysis, strategic planning, alternative human services, and various other subjects, working primarily in the School’s satellite program in Manchester, NH, and for several years co-directed a leadership master’s degree program in Sweden.
In retirement, Paul wrote a book about his Uncle Phil who was killed in World War II (Finding Phil: Lost in War and Silence) and has written numbers of articles for the Concord (NH) Monitor. He also has volunteered with numbers of human service and advocacy organizations.