Dr. Lewis has three grown children from his first marriage to Sharon Lynn Lewis
In 1961-1962, Lewis served in the United States Army as a psychiatric technician and private first class in Landstuhl, Germany.
In 1963, he
lectured on medieval history at the University of Ghana
Lewis taught at Howard University, the University of Notre Dame, Harvard University and the University of California at San Diego before joining Rutgers University in 1985 as the Martin Luther King Jr.
Professor of History.
award-winning biographies of W.E.B. Du Bois during his
18-year tenure at Rutgers
In 2003, Lewis was appointed and is currently the Julius Silver University Professor and Professor of History at New York University.
won two Pulitzer Prizes for his
biographies of W.E.B. Du Bois.
is also 1994 winner of the Bancroft Prize and the Francis Parkman Prize.
has received fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences, the National Humanities Center, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
He is a former trustee of the [National Humanities Center], former commissioner of the National Portrait Gallery, and a former senator of Phi Beta Kappa.
Lewis was president of the Society of American Historians in 2002, and is a board member of the The Crisis magazine, published by the NAACP.
He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.