Thomas J. Lewin

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  • Professor Emeritus

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Associate Professor Thomas Lewin (Ph.D. Northwestern, 1974) studied West African socio-economic and political history, oral history methods and practices, and international business history. He completed research on pre-colonial West Africa and the development and expansion of U.S.-based multinational corporations.


Throughout his career, Professor Lewin encouraged his students to maximize their skills of historical inquiry and apply their knowledge to larger social science and business opportunities. 

Past Courses:

  • HIST 160: Introduction to West African History
  • HIST 696: Seminar in: Oral History

Selected Publications

  • Asante Before the British: The Prempean Years, 1875-1900 (University Press of Kansas, 1978)
  • Keeping the Dream Alive: Managing NASA's Space Station Program, 1982-1986