College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Adrian Lewis

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


Adrian R. Lewis is the David B. Pittaway Professor of Military History at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

He has researched and written extensively on war, military affairs, and the Armed Forces of the United States. Prof. Lewis teaches courses on World War II, the Cold War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and more recent military operations including the Global War on Terrorism and operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Prof. Lewis also teaches the American Civil War course.

Prof. Lewis' publications include The American Culture of War: The History of U.S. Military Force from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom, now in its third edition, published in 2018, and Omaha Beach: A Flawed Victory, published in 2001 and still considered the best analysis of Allied amphibious warfare doctrine in the European Theater of Operations. Prof. Lewis recently published an article in Rinsa Forum, the Korean National Defense University Journal, titled: "Sovreignty and National Security" (May 2021). 

Prof. Lewis has taught at the U.S. Military Academy, the University of California, Berkley where he served as the PMS, and the University of North Texas, Denton where he served as the Chair of the Department of History. Prof. Lewis' graduate students, who have earned their Ph.D., teach at or have taught at the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Army Command General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, the Air Command and Staff College, Air University, and the Army University Press. 

Prof. Lewis earned his B.A. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley; M.A. in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (under Prof. John Shy); MBA from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville; and Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago (under Prof. Michael Geyer). Prof. Lewis is a retired soldier. He served with the 2-1 Infantry and 2-23 Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, and the 2-75 Infantry (Ranger). He has served in Korea, Alaska, Panama, and Germany.

Selected Publications

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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