- Guggenheim Fellow (1981)
Lewis Perry began his academic career at IU Bloomington in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1978 as professor of history (with tenure) and editor of the Journal of American History. He was appointed to the Graduate School faculty in 1978 and resigned in 1984 to accept the Andrew Jackson Chair in American History at Vanderbilt University. Prior to coming to IU, Perry was an assistant professor of history (1966-1972) and an associate professor of history (1972-1978) at the State University of New York, Buffalo. After he left IU, he became the director of the American Studies Program (1992-1995) and the Andrew Jackson Professor of History (1984-1999) at Vanderbilt University. Beginning in 1999, he became the John Francis Bannon Professor of History and then professor emeritus of history at Saint Louis University. Perry received a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1960 and an M.S. and a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1964 and 1967, respectively.
Perry is an American historian and educator, who has been a New York State Regents Fellow (1965-1966), an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow (1972-1973), a National Humanities Institute Fellow (1975-1976), a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in U.S. History (1981), and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow (1987-1988).
Perry is a member of the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians and has written numerous books, including Civil Disobedience: An American Tradition (Yale University Press, 2013).