Nancy D. Lewis
  • Nancy D. Lewis
  • Director, Research Program, East-West Center
  • Biography

Biographical Information
Nancy Davis Lewis is the Director of the Research Program at the East-West Center, an internationally recognized education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to promote better relations and understanding between the governments and peoples of the Asia Pacific region, including the United States. Nancy holds A.B., M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the Center she was a professor of geography at the University of Hawaii and Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences. She was also a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow. Nancy's research has focused on health and the environment, the geography of health and disease, expanded definitions of women's health, climate and health, and currently globalization, vulnerability and the human dimensions of global change. Nancy has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, the Pacific Community, the Pacific Islands Development Program and other organizations. She contributed to several chapters of the recently completed Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2006). Nancy is a past president of the Hawaii Chapter of Sigma Xi and she was elected Vice-President of the Pacific Science Association in 2007. She serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals and she was recently appointed to the Executive Board of the new International Association for Ecology and Health.


Speech Titles / Topics

  1. Is Globalization Good for Your Health?
  2. The Heat is On: Climate and Health in Small Island States
  3. Global Environmental Change and Sustainability Science
  4. Poi, Pupus and SPAM Musubi and Hawaiian Regional Cuisine: A Fusion of Foods


Past Organizations Addressed
Governor of Hawaii’s First Women’s Leadership Conference International Geographical Union, Plenary Address (Seoul, Korea) Pacific Science Congresses Science Council of Asia Pruitt Distinguished Lecture Series, Louisiana State University Women Leaders in Higher Education U.N, World Women’s Conference (Beijing, China) American Chemical Society Numerous academic presentations