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Martin W. Lewis

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Martin W. Lewis

Senior Lecturer in International History
South Asia
Ph.D., UC Berkeley

Martin W. Lewis is a senior lecturer in the Department of History at Stanford University, where he teaches world history and global geography. His early work focused on the intersection of environmental problems, economic development, and religious practices in the Philippines, but he later turned to the global scale, writing on the geographical foundations of world history, global divisions and world regionalization, and the development and spread of language families. He has also written extensively on environmental philosophy and politics, advocating an eco-modernist approach and criticizing green romanticism.

Martin Lewis received a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1979, and a Ph.D in geography from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987. He is the author of Wagering the Land: Ritual, Capital, and Environmental Degradation in the Cordillera of Northern Luzon, 1900-1986 (University of California Press) and of Green Delusions: An Environmentalist Critique of Radical Environmentalism (Duke University Press), and the co-author of The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography (University of California Press) and Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development (Prentice Hall). Martin Lewis is also the co-author (with Asya Pereltsvaig) of a forthcoming book on historical linguistic entitled The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistic (Cambridge University Press). He also blogs about geographical and historical topics, particularly those that are in the news, at

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Martin W. Lewis
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Forthcoming (Spring 2015)Indo-European Languages: Facts and Fallacies in their Origin  And History (with Asya Pereltsvaig). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Forthcoming  “The Promise of—and the Threats to—Historical Linguistics as a Complement to Bentleyan World History.” In Laura Mitchell and Alan Karras, eds. Encounters Old and New in World  History. University of Hawaii Press.

“Global Ignorance.” The Geographical Review 90(4) 603-628.

“Dividing the Ocean Sea.” Geographical Review 89 (2), 188-214. (Special Issue: “Oceans Connect”)

"The Reinvention of Cultural Geography." (with Marie Price). Annals of  the Association of American Geographers 83(1), 1-17.