Professor Lewis did his graduate work in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. His dissertation work was on the life and works of the 12th century mystical poet Sana'i, and the establishment of the ghazal genre in Persian literature, winning the Foundation of Iranian Studies best dissertation prize for that year. After graduation from the University of Chicago in 1995, Prof. Lewis taught Persian at Emory University, where he attained the ranks of Associate Professor of Persian and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies. Dr. Lewis is also the founder of Adabiyat, an international discussion forum on the literatures of the Islamic World (including Arabic, Turkish, and Urdu, in addition to Persian literature).
Rumi: Swallowing the Sun. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2007.
Rumi: Past and Present, East and West - The Life, Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2003.
In a Voice of Their Own: A Collection of Stories by Iranian Women written since the Revolution of 1979. Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda Publishers, 1996.