Joseph L. Lewis

Associate Dean for Access, Diversity, & Inclusion
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Joseph brings over 15 years of experience in higher education to the Princeton Graduate School. He has held positions as teaching assistant professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow in English and Black Studies at Denison University, and associate professor of English at Delta College, a premier community college in University Center, Michigan, where he achieved tenure. Joseph has worked on college-wide initiatives that promote diversity and inclusive excellence in all of these positions. He joined the Princeton University community as a postdoctoral lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program, where he taught “The Monuments Must Fall,” a writing seminar focused on histories of student activism in South Africa and the United States.  

Joseph holds a Ph.D. in English from Wayne State University, where he was a King Chavez Parks Future Faculty Fellow. He also holds an M.A. in Africana Studies and Literature from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He earned a B.A. in English Arts from Hampton University, where he was an inaugural fellow in the William Harvey Leadership Institute. Joseph received a specialized certificate from Cornell University’s School of Criticism and Theory. His research focuses on critical theories of Blackness in the context of gothic horror narratives and activist movements.

Areas of responsibility:

  • Recruitment and retention of diverse student populations
  • Creation and maintenance of student enhancement and retention programs
  • Mentorship and student advising