Pericles Lewis, B.A., A.M., Ph.D.
Pericles Lewis, Douglas Tracy Smith Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of English at Yale University, serves as vice president for global strategy and vice provost for academic initiatives.
Reporting to the president and the provost, he is responsible for ensuring that the broader global initiatives of the university serve Yale’s academic goals and priorities. From 2012 to 2017 Professor Lewis served as founding president of Yale-NUS College, a collaboration between Yale and the National University of Singapore. Under his leadership, the college developed into a thriving model of residential liberal arts education much admired and studied throughout Asia and the world.
Since returning to New Haven, Lewis has led the planning for the Schwarzman Center, set to open in 2021, and the new Yale Jackson School for Global Affairs, which is scheduled to open in 2022. He provides oversight for the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and works closely with the leadership of Yale-NUS College, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London, the Yale Center Beijing, and the Yale Institute for Global Health. He chaired the Academic Continuity Committee that made plans for the 2020-21 academic year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Professor Lewis earned his B.A. with first-class honors in English literature from McGill University in 1990 and his Ph.D. in comparative literature from Stanford University in 1997. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the Yale faculty in 1998, with appointments in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature.
A former member of the advisory board of the American Comparative Literature Association, Professor Lewis is the author or editor of six books and has written for academic journals as well as the Chronicle of Higher Education, Times Higher Education, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Professor Lewis is a citizen of both Canada and the United States. His wife, Sheila Hayre, a graduate of Yale Law School and former staff attorney at New Haven Legal Assistance, now teaches at Quinnipiac University Law School in North Haven, Connecticut. They live in New Haven with their two children, who are both students at Yale College.