Professor George Lewis

Professor of American History


Professor George Lewis researches race and racism in the United States, with a particular focus on ideologies of white supremacy. His expertise in modern US history also includes civil rights, segregation, the ideologies of Americanism and un-Americanism and the American South. He is currently exploring long histories of the idea of un-American activities.

Professor Lewis’ research is key to placing current upheavals in US activism and politics in their longer historical context. He has published widely on ideologies of white supremacy in the US context. His project to create a long history of the idea of un-Americanism helps to place recent events – notably the 6 January 2020 'Capitol insurrection' – into an arc of national contestation over what constitutes 'patriotic dissent' that reaches back into the eighteenth century.

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