Sarah Lewis is a bestselling author, curator, and an Associate Professor at Harvard University.
Lewis is the guest editor of the landmark “Vision & Justice” issue of Aperture which received the 2017 Infinity Award for Critical Writing and Research from the International Center of Photography, and the founder of the Vision and Justice Project. In 2019, she became the inaugural recipient of the Freedom Scholar Award, presented by The Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The award honors Lewis for her body of work and its “direct positive impact on the life of African-Americans.”
Her essays on race, contemporary art and culture have been published in many journals as well as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Artforum, Art in America and for the Smithsonian, The Museum of Modern Art, and Rizzoli.
Her forthcoming publications include an October File on Carrie Mae Weems (MIT Press, 2021), a book on race, whiteness, and photography under contract with (Harvard University Press, 2021), and Vision and Justice (Random House).
Lewis is also the author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery (Simon & Schuster), about the role of the arts for overcoming failure, and her related mainstage TED talk has received over 2.7 million views.
She is a frequent keynote speaker at many universities and conferences such as TED and SXSW and for a wide range of organizations from the Aspen Institute to The Federal Reserve Bank. Her work has has been profiled in The New York Times, Vogue, and The Wall Street Journal.
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, and served on the boards of The CUNY Graduate Center, the Brearley School, and the Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, an M. Phil from Oxford University, and her Ph.D. from Yale University.
She lives in New York and Cambridge, MA.