She is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and a product of the Birmingham Public School System graduating from Ramsay High School. She received the BA in Political Science and Regional and Urban Planning from the University of Alabama and the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Dr. Lewis is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Jack and Jill of America and is involved in various professional associations including the American Political Science Association, the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, and the Southern Political Science Association where she has held a variety of leadership positions.
She has also provided political commentary and analysis for Cox affiliated stations in Birmingham, AL, the Birmingham Public Library, Alabama Public Radio, CNN.com, WVTA (Tupelo, Mississippi), and WGHP (Greensboro, North Carolina). Dr. Lewis has also been involved in the Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform as a delegate at the 2009 Mock Constitutional Convention.
Dr. Lewis has received numerous awards including the Anna Julia Cooper Teacher of the Year, UAB Black Student Awareness Committee Faculty Award, and the Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel, TRIO Achiever Award. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha and Pi Alpha Alpha.
She is the proud mother of one son who actively participates in numerous extracurricular activities.