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Ronald L. Lewis

Professor Emeritus of History

Upon receiving the PhD in 1974, I began my teaching career at the University of Delaware. With a joint appointment in the Black American Studies Program and the Department of History, I was promoted through the ranks to Professor while at the U of D. During my eleven years there, I taught African American history. My research focused on the uneasy intersection of race and labor in America. I also became interested in regional studies while at the U of D, and offered a graduate seminar on Appalachian history and culture. When I was hired at WVU in 1985 to teach West Virginia and Appalachian history, the pieces of my second career as a regional historian fell into place. WVU has been good to me and my family, and in retirement we continue to call Morgantown home. My professional activities have slowed considerably, but I still occupy myself with several research projects. 



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Delaware History (1980-85); West Virginia History (1987-present); Encyclopedia of Appalachia (1996-2006); Journal of Appalachian Studies (1998-present); West Virginia University Press (1999-2007); North American Journal of Welsh Studies (2000-present); Journal of Southern History (2000-2004); West Virginia Humanities Council Board of Directors (2000-04); Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion (2008-present); Llafur: Journal of the Welsh People’s History Society (2012-present).