Lawson Bowling

Lawson Bowling

Professor, History

Founders Hall, Room G-24-B
Mon and Thur 3:00-4:00PM; Tue 2:00-4:00PM; and by appt.
(914) 323-5316

About Me

Lawson Bowling has taught history at Manhattanville 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, majoring in history and English. He then returned to Philadelphia to earn a Master of Science degree in education at the University of Pennsylvania. Later, he earned a Ph.D. in American history at Columbia University in New York City. He teaches courses on the 20th century, America, Italy, economic/business 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 currently serves as Manhattanville's faculty athletics representative for the National Collegiate Athletic Association and as director of the College’s sport studies program. 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, and the Penn Club of New York.

Current Courses
Development of America I
American Sports History
Topics in the History of Business
Sport, Play, & the Good Life.
Ph.D., Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy, Columbia University
Master of Science, University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Arts, Emory University
Feature Publications


“Shapers of the Great Debates: The Great Society”