Scholar, writer, and curator Sarah Lewis is currently finishing her book, Rise, under contract with Simon & Schuster (U.S., 2013 release), HarperCollins (U.K.) and in over 6 countries to date. Drawing on her work in the arts and expanding into sports, business, psychology, sociology, and science, Rise explores the advantage of resilience and so-called failure in successful creative human endeavors.

She received her B.A. from Harvard University, an M.Phil from Oxford University, and will receive her PhD from Yale University in 2012. Her dissertation, The Circassian Beauties and American Racial Formation, is under contract with Harvard University Press.

Selected for Oprah’s 2010 “Power List,” and included as a member of President Obama’s Arts Policy Committee, her writing has been published widely. She has taught at Yale University, School of Art in the MFA program and has been an active curator, holding positions at both the Tate Modern and the Museum of Modern Art. She was also selected to be the Co-Curator of the 2010 SITE Santa Fe Biennial.

She sits on the boards of the Harvard University Alumni Association, The CUNY Graduate Center, The Andy Warhol for the Visual Arts, The Brearley School, and the Madison Square Park Art Program.

She lives in New York City.