Lewis was the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) country representative for China/DPRK. Based in Dalian, China, she was responsible for AFSC’s DPRK program, including its long-standing agricultural development project. She has spent much of her career living and working on or near the Korean peninsula, including service as a Peace Corps volunteer, a Fulbright grantee and research fellow, and an international program director in South Korea. Lewis received her Ph.D. from Columbia and taught for many years at Wittenberg University (Ohio), where she was professor of Anthropology and director of the East Asian Studies Program. Before joining AFSC in 2010, Lewis was vice-president for academic affairs at the Institute for Study Abroad – Butler University (Indiana), and director of Asian and Pacific Studies at the School for International Training-Study Abroad (Vermont).