As an entrepreneurship scholar, Lewis is most drawn to research questions that address who becomes successful in the startup process and the reasons for those outcomes. Specifically, he studies the actions that nascent (aspiring) entrepreneurs take (or avoid), why they do so, and the implications of these decisions for success in launching and building their firms.

Prior to entering the doctoral program, Lewis’ work within higher education spanned nearly 15 years in areas including academic advising, multicultural affairs, diversity education, and career services. Most recently, he served as executive director of the Career Development Center at the University of Louisville and is credited with reimagining the work of career services and synergizing efforts around this initiative.

His professional experiences have influenced his secondary research interest in understanding how entrepreneurs/entrepreneurial firms attract new employees to compete with established firms.