David Rich Lewis likes to keep undergraduates guessing about his background, but rumor has it that he grew up in a large, squarish state in the West where he attended a land-grant university with an outstanding history faculty. Following college, he went on to receive a master's degree at the University of Toronto. Then he switched his area of specialization from medieval European history to the study of American Indian, rural, and environmental history, Utah and the West. He earned a second master's degree as well as a doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since joining the faculty at USU in 1988, Dr. Lewis has earned a reputation as a popular teacher and a productive scholar. The author of one book and the coeditor of two others, he has published numerous articles and essays as well as over fifty book reviews. In 1997 he was honored as the Researcher of the Year for the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; the preceding year he was named an honors professor for the University Honors Program. Dr. Lewis holds the rank of full professor and serves as Editor of <i>The Western Historical Quarterly</i>.
Are There Spatial Spillovers in the Adoption of Clean Technology? The Case of Organic Dairy Farming (with B. Barham and B. Robinson), Land Economics (2011)
The Efficiency of Voluntary Incentive Policies for Preventing Biodiversity Loss (with A. Plantinga, E. Nelson, and S. Polasky), Resource and Energy Economics (2011)
An Economic Framework for Forecasting Land Use and Ecosystem Change, Resource and Energy Economics (2010)
Lakeshore Zoning has Heterogeneous Ecological Effects: An Application of a Coupled Economic-Ecological Model (with Van Butsic and Volker C. Radeloff), Ecological Applications (2010)
Forty Years of the Western Historical Quarterly, Western History Association Newsletter (2009)
The first issue of the Western Historical Quarterly appeared in mailboxes in March 1970, but...
Native Americans and the Environment: Perspectives on the Ecological Indian (with Michael E. Harkin), Native Americans and the Environment: Perspectives on the Ecological Indian (2007)
Native Americans and the Environment brings together an interdisciplinary group of prominent scholars whose works...
Major Problems in the History of the American West (with Clyde A. Milner, II and Anne M. Butler), Major Problems in the History of the American West (1997)
Neither Wolf Nor Dog: American Indians, Environment, and Agrarian Change, Neither Wolf Nor Dog: American Indians, Environment, and Agrarian Change (1997)
During the nineteenth century, Americans looked to the eventual civilization and assimilation of Native Americans...
Contributions to Books
American Indian Environmental Relations, A Companion to American Environmental History (2010)
It's an iconic image. A lone Indian paddles a birch bark canoe downstream. The churning...
Bernard DeVoto’s Utah, Utah in the Twentieth Century (2009)
Introduction (with Michael E. Harkin), Native Americans and the Environment: Perspectives on the Ecological Indian (2007)
Skull Valley Goshutes and the Politics of Nuclear Waste: Environment, Economic Development, and Tribal Sovereignty, Native Americans and the Environment: Perspectives on the Ecological Indian (2007)
Native Americans in the Nineteenth-Century American West, A Companion to the American West (2004)
A Companion to the American West is a rigorous, illuminating introduction to the history of...