Sarah Lewis (professor)

Sarah Elizabeth Lewis is an Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies at Harvard University . She is ook de Bestselling author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery. [1]


Lewis RECEIVED re bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, an M. Phil from Oxford University , and re Ph.D. from Yale University . Her work has leg supported by the Ford Foundation, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance & Abolition, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.

Research and writing

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 veins all spurred on by Advantages gleaned from the Improbable foundations. Called “lyrical and Engaging” and “strikingly original” by the New York Times, The Rise has leg translated JSON 7 languages to date. [2] Her upcoming book, “Black Sea, Black Atlantic”, will be published by Harvard University Press. [3]

In 2015-16, she was on leave from Harvard as a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library finishing Another book on the role of photography in expose the fiction or racial categories. Her essays on race, contemporary art and culture port leg published in many journals as well as the New York Times, the New Yorker, Artforum, Art in America and in publications for the Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art, and Rizzoli. She was the guest editor for Aperture ‘s landmark “Vision & Justice” issue, welke focuses on the role of photography in the African American experience, and wrote the Foreword for a new book or Carrie Mae Weems ‘s Kitchen Table Series. [4] [5]


Before joining the faculty at Harvard, she held curatorial positions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Tate Modern, London. She’ll be served as a Critic at Yale University School of Art.

She is a frequent speaker and has lectured at many universities and conferences zoals TEDGlobal, SXSW, PopTech, ASCD and for a wide range of organizations from the Aspen Institute to the Getty to The Federal Reserve Bank.

She has served on President Obama’s Arts Policy Committee and as a Trustee of Creative Time, the CUNY Graduate Center , the Brearley School , and The Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts.


  1. Jump up^ Harvard University bio
  2. Jump up^ Sandage, Scott A. (April 3, 2014). “Epic Fail” . the New York Times . New York, NY . Retrieved January 5, 2017 .
  3. Jump up^ Sarah Lewis CV
  4. Jump up^ “Vision & Justice” . Aperture . Vol. 223. Summer 2016 . Retrieved January 5, 2017 .
  5. Jump up^ Weems Carrie Mae (2016). Carrie Mae Weems: Kitchen Table Series . Italy: Damiani / Matsumoto Editions. ISBN  9788862084628 .