Dr George Lewis
Reader in American History
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- Office: Attenborough 616
- Office Hours: Semester 1, Monday 4pm-5pm and Thursday 10am-11am
- Dissertation office hour: Thursday 2pm-3pm
- Website: Centre for American Studies
I received my PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where I also taught briefly before taking up an academic post at the University of Nottingham. I joined the University of Leicester's Centre for American Studies and School of Historical Studies in 2002, and have been Director of CAS since 2009. I have been a visiting research student at the Carter G. Woodson Institute, University of Virginia, and a Visiting Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford. Major grant successes include the AHRC's Research Leave scheme, in support of a project on Massive Resistance, and the British Academy's Research Development Award, for a project on Un-Americans and Un-Americanism. I have long maintained strong links with the British Association of American Studies (BAAS): having delivered my first academic paper at a BAAS conference in 1997, I successfully stood for election to the association's Executive ten years later, and was re-elected in 2010. I now serve as Chair of the BAAS Publications Sub-committee.
My primary areas of supervision expertise are: US race relations and southern politics; the civil rights movement, white supremacy and resistance, and the “new conservatism.” The Leicester University library now has an impressive array of primary source material to support research into such areas, including the 18 reels of microfilm that make up the NAACP Papers (Part 20) White Resistance and Reprisals, 1956-1965, a microfilm collection of The FBI Files on Malcolm X, and the published Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.
My teaching focuses on the modern United States. In particular, it revolves around the research I have undertaken in two areas: race relations, civil rights, racism and white supremacy; and, secondly, on American radicalism, anti-radicalism and anti-Communism. Thus, I have taught courses on Race & Ethnicity in American Life, the US Civil Rights Movement, American Slavery, the Rhetoric and Reality of White Supremacy, and McCarthyism and Domestic Anti-Communism.
Director of the Centre for American Studies
Member of College Management Board
Member of Senate
Most Recent Publications
- Editor, Special Issue on The Un-American, and “An Un-American Introduction,” Journal of American Studies, Vol. 47, No. 04: pp. 871-879
- “‘An Amorphous Code’: The Ku Klux Klan and Un-Americanism, 1915–1965,” Journal of American Studies, Vol. 47, No. 04: pp. 971-992
- "Barack Hussein Obama: the Use of History in the Creation of an ‘American’ President," Patterns of Prejudice, Vol. 45, Nos. 1-2 (2011): 43-61.
- Massive Resistance: The White Response to the Civil Rights Movement (London: Hodder, 2006) ISBN: 978-0-340-90022-2, pp. i-viii, 1-254.
- “Virginia’s Northern Strategy: Southern Segregationists and the Route to National Conservatism,” Journal of Southern History, LXXII, 1 (February 2006), pp. 111-146.
- The White South and the Red Menace: Segregationists, Anti-Communism and Massive Resistance, 1945-1965 (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2004). ISBN 0-8130-2753-5, pp. i-x, 1-228.