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Lawson Bowling

Full-Time Faculty

Lawson Bowling Profile ImageLawson Bowling has taught History at Manhattanville College since 1984.  A Philadelphia native, he graduated from Lakeside High School in Atlanta, where he was the recipient of the Atlanta Journal Cup as the Best All-Around Senior.  He went on to attend Emory University in Atlanta on a four-year National Merit Scholarship,, there  majoring in History and English. He then returned to Philadelphia to earn a Master of Science degree in Education at the University of Pennsylvania.  For three years he taught European History and Economics at Forest Park (Ga.) Comprehensive Senior High School.  After that, he moved to Manhattan to study United States history at Columbia University, eventually earning a Ph.D. in History there.  He teaches courses on the twentieth century, the United States, Italy, economic history, California, World War II, and the history of sports.  He has published articles on such figures in American sports history as John Wooden and is the author of Shapers of the Great Debates: The Great Society(Greenwood, 2005).  He currently serves as Manhattanville's Faculty Athletics Representative for the National Collegiate Athletic Association and as Sport Studies Director.  He is a member of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the New-York Historical Society, the California Historical Society, the North American Society for Sport History, the Society for Military History, the Morgan Library (New York), the Hispanic Society of America, and the Penn Club of New York.

Fall Semester, 2014 Courses: 

Fall Semester, 2014 Office Hours, Founder's G-24-B
    (or, weather permitting, on the top of the Quad)


The 9th Annual Gregg Reidy Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament happened on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, the morning of the 16th Annual History Alumni BBQ.  Thanks to the extended Reidy family, the History alumni and friends who played, event founder Michael Bonavita (BA, History, '98), Head Men's Basketball Coach Patrick Scanlon (BA, History '03), and all others for participating in this great tradition in 2014 and continuing to keep it going strong.  See you in 2015 for the tenth!

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The 16th Annual History Alumni BBQ happened on SATURDAY, MAY 3rd, 2014.  Thanks as ever to the hundreds who came, bought t-shirts (traditional, "The Few, the Proud, the Literate," plus the new one, "A Tradition Like No Other"), and supported MVILLE's greatest alumni tradition.  See you in 2015 (as well as before).

LB ROTOLOFOUNDERL.B. with the FOUNDER of the History Alumni BBQ, Pete Rotolo '00.