College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Adrian Lewis

David B. Pittaway Professor in Military History
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 3618


20th century warfare; World War II; the Cold War; the Korean War; the Vietnam War; operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Office Hours Spring 2020: MW 2:00-3:00 & by appointment

Research Profile:

Professor Adrian R. Lewis earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1995. His dissertation became his first book, Omaha Beach: A Flawed Victory, published in 2001 by UNC Press. Omaha Beach is still considered the best analysis available on the Normandy Invasion and the battle for Omaha Beach. Prof. Lewis has researched and written extensively on war, national security, and military affairs. The second edition of his book, The American Culture of War, was published in 2012. Prof. Lewis has taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of North Texas at Denton, where he chaired the Department of History. Prof. Lewis has also taught the Strategy and Policy course for the Naval War College. He previously served has the Director of the Office of Professional Military Graduate Education, a program and office he helped create at the University of Kansas. OPMGE, under Prof. Lewis’ leadership, worked extensively with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, creating new graduate level programs for mid-career officers. This included the Wounded Warriors Program and the MA program in interagency studies for Special Forces officers. Prof. Lewis specializes in twentieth century warfare: World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and the more recent military operations, including Operations Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His books and articles are used at West Point, the Command and General Staff College, the Naval War College, and civilian institutions. He is currently working on two book projects, “Money as a Weapon System,” and “The American Case for War in Iraq.” Prof. Lewis is a retired soldier. He served with the 9th Infantry Division and the 2nd Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington.

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Teaching Profile:

Prof. Lewis teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. His Ph.D. students teach at the United States Military Academy, the United States Air Force Academy, and the University of North Texas. Two of his current students are active duty officers in the Republic of Korea Army. Prof. Lewis works extensively with active duty Army and Air Force officers. Syllabi used in previous courses and other resources, including bibliographies, are available at the companion website for The American Culture of War at

Recent Courses:

  • HIST 340: World War II
  • HIST 390: The Vietnam War
  • HIST 390: The American Culture of War: World War II to the Present

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