Dr. Kay Wright Lewis

Dr. Kay Wright Lewis

Dr. Kay Wright Lewis completed her PhD in the department of history at Rutgers University, New Brunswick in 2011. Her research focuses on slavery and abolition, African American intellectual history, Atlantic World history, and the history of violence. Lewis recently completed her book manuscript entitled “A Curse Upon the Nation”: Race, Freedom, and Extermination in America and the Atlantic World,” which argues that ideas about black and white extermination in a war between the races influenced the development of slavery and precluded the acceptance of black freedom in America. As a graduate student, Lewis held an Andrew W. Mellon Competitive Dissertation Fellowship at Rutgers University. After graduation, she was a Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University in 2011, and Lewis’ dissertation was one of the finalists in the Southern Historical Association’s C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize competition. She has presented at many national and international conferences, and has taught at Rutgers University, Adelphi University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Lewis has written five essays that were published in the Encylopedia of African African American Life. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Senior Fellow of the Honors College at Norfolk State University.