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About David Rich Lewis

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 The Western Historical Quarterly.


Present Emeritus Faculty Member, Utah State University History

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • Top Prof Award, Utah State University Mortar Board Honor Society (2005)
  • Faculty Award, Utah State University Libraries (2004)
  • Researcher of the Year, College of HASS, Utah State University (1997)
  • Historic Preservation Award for Landscape Preservation, Cache Valley Historical Society (1994)
  • Seminar Fellowship, Stanford University Program for Faculty Renewal, “American Indian Identity” (1993)
  • Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow, American West Center, University of Utah (1986-1987)
  • Pre-doctoral Fellowship, D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian (1985-1986)
  • Bert M. Fireman Prize (best student article in WHQ) - 1984
  • W. Mont Timmins Essay Prize, Department of History, Utah State University (1979)
  • Graduated cum laude, Utah State University; Distinguished graduating senior in History (1979)

Contact Information

Phone: (435) 797-1299
Location: MAIN 321-F

Articles (14)

Books (3)

Contributions to Books (10)