Lewis’s most recent book is The Los Angeles Times bestseller, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery (Simon & Schuster), a layered, story-driven investigation of how innovation, discovery, and the creative progress are all spurred on by advantages gleaned from the improbable foundations. The work has been translated into 6 languages to date.
Her essays on race, contemporary art and culture have been published in many journals as well asThe New York Times, The New Yorker, Artforum, Art in America and in publications for the Smithsonian, The Museum of Modern Art, and Rizzoli. Her upcoming book is under contract with Harvard University Press.
She is the guest editor of Aperture magazine’s issue dedicated to the theme of “Vision & Justice,” the topic of her first course at Harvard University and the related exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums (August 2016 – January 2017).
She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, an M. Phil from Oxford University, and her Ph.D. from Yale University. Before joining the faculty at Harvard, she held curatorial positions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Tate Modern, London. She also served as a Critic at Yale University School of Art. She is a Trustee of Creative Time, The CUNY Graduate Center, the Brearley School, and the Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts.
She lives in New York City and Cambridge, MA.