About Earl Lewis


Earl Lewis is a leading historian who is also an important voice in public debates and has been a leader of both academic and philanthropic institutions. Widely known for his generosity with his time and wisdom, Lewis is the author or editor of nine books and scores of essays, articles, and public commentaries on the role of race in American history; diversity, equity, and inclusion; graduate education; humanities scholarship; and universities and their larger communities.

Professional positions
  • 2018–present: Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of History, Afroamerican and African Studies, and Public Policy, University of Michigan
  • 2004–2012: Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies, Emory University
  • 1989–2004: Associate (1989–1995) and full (1995–2004) professor, University of Michigan
  • 1984–1989: Assistant professor, University of California, Berkeley
Notable publications
  • Lewis, Earl. 2019. “History and the common good: Scholarship in the public eye.” Journal of American History 106(3): 577–590.
  • Lewis, Earl, and Nancy Cantor, eds. 2016. Our Compelling Interests: The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
  • Lewis, Earl, and Heidi Ardizzone. 2001. Love on Trial: An American Scandal in Black and White. New York, NY: W.W. Norton.
  • Kelley, Robin D.G., and Earl Lewis. 2000. To Make Our World Anew: A History of African Americans. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • PhD, history, University of Minnesota
  • MA, University of Minnesota
  • BA, Concordia College–Moorhead
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