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Dr. Verlan Lewis


Verlan Lewis is the Stirling Professor of Constitutional Studies, and associate professor of political science, at UVU where he researches, teaches, and writes about the interaction of ideas and institutions in American politics. His writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Hill, Political Science Quarterly, Party Politics, Studies in American Political Development, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and The Forum. His first book, Ideas of Power, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. His second book, The Myth of Left and Right, was published by Oxford University Press in 2023.


Postdoc, Stanford University, 2017

Major: Political Science

Ph D, University of Virginia, 2015

Major: Government

MPhil, Cambridge University, 2010

Major: Political Thought & Intellectual History


CGCL 6400

American Political Development, Summer 2024

POLS 1100

American National Government AS, Spring 2024


Lewis, Verlan (Presenter & Author), Harvard Program on Constitutional Government, "The Myth of Left and Right", Harvard Center for American Political Studies. (October 19, 2023)
Lewis, Verlan (Presenter & Author), Lewis, Hyrum (Presenter & Author), Michigan State University Constitution Day 2023, "How the Myth of Left and Right is Undermining our Constitution", Michigan State University James Madison College, East Lansing, MI. (September 21, 2023)
Lewis, Hyrum (Presenter & Author), Lewis, Verlan (Presenter & Author), No Labels, "The Myth of Left and Right", No Labels, Washington, DC. (May 4, 2023)
Lewis, Hyrum (Presenter & Author), Lewis, Verlan (Presenter & Author), The Alexander Hamilton Forum, "The Myth of Left and Right_ Are Our Political Categories Coherent?", Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont. (December 1, 2022)
Lewis, Verlan (Presenter & Author), Lewis, Hyrum (Presenter & Author), American Political Science Association annual meeting, "The Myth of Left and Right", American Political Science Association, Montreal, Quebec. (September 15, 2022)
Lewis, Verlan (Presenter & Author), Harvard American Politics Working Group, "The Problem of Polarization as an Analytical Concept", Harvard University Department of Government, Cambridge, MA. (March 22, 2022)

Scholarly/Creative Works

Lewis, Verlan , (2025) "The U.S. Constitution, the Myth of Left and Right, and American Party Ideology Development" . Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Lewis, Verlan , (2024) "The Fourth of July Reminds us That the Way to Enjoy Freedom is to Promote Pluralism" (Issue: 5 July 2024). Salt Lake city: The Deseret News. https://www.deseret.com/opinion/2024/07/02/fourth-of-july-promote-pluralism-freedom/
Lewis, Verlan , Lewis, Hyrum , (2023) "The Myth of Left and Right_ How the Political Spectrum Misleads and Harms America" . New York: Oxford University Press. https://academic.oup.com/book/44905
Lewis, Verlan , (2022) "Cape Mission Liberalism and the South African Liberation Struggle" (Issue: 3, vol. 48). Social Dynamics. https://doi.org/10.1080/02533952.2022.2150489
Lewis, Verlan , Lewis, Hyrum , (2022) "The Myth of Ideological Polarization" (Issue: 18-19 June 2022). New York: The Wall Street Journal. https://www.wsj.com/articles/ideological-polarization-spectrum-myth-right-left-elon-musk-woke-11655481615
Lewis, Verlan , (2021) "Aristocracy, Democracy, and Liberalism_ Using the Tocquevillean Dichotomy to Understand Modern Liberalism" (Issue: 1, vol. 51). Perspectives on Political Science. https://doi.org/10.1080/10457097.2021.1953909


Visiting Fellowship

Harvard University - March, 2021

Awarded a 2021-2022 visiting fellowship by the Harvard Center for American Political Studies to write my co-authored book on The Myth of Left and Right (Oxford University Press, 2023).

Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Association of College and Research Libraries - January, 2020

Awarded to the top 10% of academic books reviewed by the Association of College and Research Libraries each year for excellent scholarship, my 2019 book Ideas of Power was honored as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Stanford University - March, 2015

Awarded a 2015-2017 postdoctoral fellowship by the Stanford Department of Political Science to write my book on The Politics of American Party Ideology Development (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Summer Fellowship

Jack Miller Center for Teaching America's Founding Principles and History - February, 2014

Awarded a fellowship to participate in the Jack Miller Center's 2014 Summer Institute in Philadelphia.

Doctoral Fellowship

University of Virginia - August, 2010

Awarded funding from the University of Virginia Department of Politics to study for a Ph.D. in Government from 2010-2015.

First Class Dissertation

Cambridge University - July, 2010

Recognized distinction for my M.Phil. dissertation in the Political Thought and Intellectual History program.