Robert Lewis
University of Toronto,Professor
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(416) 978-1590
Room 5003, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
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Administrative Position:
Associate Chair, Undergraduate

McGill University (1992)

Other Degrees:
MA McGill University (1985)
BA University of Toronto (1982)

Research Interests:
  • Historical geography of North American economic restructuring
  • Industrial and social geography of suburban Chicago, 1850-1950
  • Wartime manufacturing and metropolitan growth
  • Colonial urban India and social exclusion

Selected Publications:
Refereed Articles
  • Robert Lewis.  2013. “Modern industrial policy and zoning: Chicago, 1910-1930,” Urban Historv, 40: 92-113.
  • Richard Harris and Robert Lewis.  2013. “A Happy Confluence of Planning and Statistics: Bombay and Calcutta in the 1901 Census.” Planning Perspectives 28: 125-38.
  • Robert Lewis and Richard Harris.  2013. “Segregation and the social relations of place: Bombay, circa 1901,” South Asia 36: 1-19.
  • Richard Harris and Robert Lewis.  2012. “Numbers didn’t count: the streets of colonial Bombay and Calcutta,” Urban History, 39 ( 4): 639-58
  • Robert Lewis. 2010″Place-based corporate hegemony: General Electric in Tell City, Indiana, 1943-1947,” Journal of Historical Geography 36: 432-40.
  • Jason Cooke and Robert Lewis, “Bridging nature: the urban political ecology of capital circulation in Chicago, 1909-1930,” Urban Geography 31: 348-68.
  • Robert Lewis. 2009. “Rationalizing the workplace: Canadian textile firms, 1929-1935,” Entemrise and Society 10: 498-528.
  • Robert Lewis. 2009. “Industrial districts and manufacturing linkages: Chicago’s printing industry, 1880-1950,” Economic History Review 62: 366-87.
  • Robert Lewis. 2007. “World War II manufacturing and the postwar southern economy,” Journal of Southern History 73: 837-66.
  • Robert Lewis. 2004.”Planned districts in Chicago: firms, networks and boundaries, 1900-1940,” Journal of Planning History 3: 29-49.
  • Robert Lewis. 2003. “Local production practices and Chicago’s automotive industry, 1900-1930,” Business History Review 77: 611-38.
  • Robert Lewis. 2002.”The industrial suburb is dead, long live the industrial slum: suburbs and slums in Chicago and Montreal, 1850-1950,” Planning Perspectives 17: 123-44 Robert Lewis, “The changing fortunes of American central-city manufacturing, 1870-1950,” Journal of Urban History 28: 573-98.
  • Robert Lewis. 2001. “Redesigning the workplace: the North American flexible factory in the interwar period,” Technology and Culture 42: 665-84.
  • Robert Lewis. 2001.  “A city transformed: manufacturing districts and suburban growth in Montreal, 1850-1929,” Journal of Historical Geography, 27: 20-35. [Reprinted with modifications in Lewis (ed.), The Manufacturing Suburbs (2004), 76-91]
  • Richard Walker and Robert Lewis. 2001.  “Beyond the crabgrass frontier: industry and the spread of North American cities, 1850-1950,” Journal of Historical Geography. 27: 3-19.[Reprinted with modifications in Lewis (ed.), The Manufacturing Suburbs (2004 ), 16-31]
  • Richard Harris and Robert Lewis. 2001.  “The geography of North American cities, 1900-1950: a reinterpretation,” Journal of Urban History. 27: 262-92. [Reprinted in B. Nicolaides and  A. Wiese (eds), The Suburb Reader (New York: Routledge, 2006), 125-33.]
  • Richard Harris and Robert Lewis. 1998. “Constructing a fault(y) zone: misrepresentations of American cities and suburbs, 1900-1950,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 88: 622-39.
  • Richard Harris and Robert Lewis, 1998.  “How the past matters: North American cities in the twentieth century,” Journal of Urban Affairs 20: 159-74.
  • Robert Lewis. 1995. “Productive strategies and manufacturing reorganization in Montreal’s central district, 1850-1900,” Urban Geography 16: 4-22.
  • Robert Lewis. 1994. “Productive and spatial strategies in the Montreal tobacco industry, 1850-1918,” Economic Geography 70: 370-89.
  • Robert Lewis. 1994. “Restructuring and the formation of an industrial district in Montreal’s East End, 1850-1914,” Journal of Historical Geography 20: 143-57.
  • Robert Lewis. 1991. “The segregated city: class residential patterns and the development of industrial districts in Montreal, 1861and1901,” Journal of Urban History 16: 123-52.
  • Robert Lewis. 1991.  “The development of an early suburban industrial district: the Montreal ward of Saint-Ann, 1851-1871,” Urban Historv Review 19: 166-80.
  • Robert Lewis. 1990. “Homeownership reassessed for Montreal in the 1840s,” Canadian Geographer 34: 150-52.
  • Steven Hertzog and Robert Lewis. 1986.”A city of tenants: homeownership and social class in Montreal, 1847-1881,” Canadian Geographer 30: 316-23.
Book Chapters
  • Richard Harris and Robert Lewis. 2015.  “Introduction,” in E. P. Richards, Report by Request of the Trust on the Condition. Improvement. and Town Planning of the City of Calcutta and Contiguous Areas. (Ware, Herts.: Jennings and Bewley, 1914), forthcoming. Reprinted 2015.
  • Robert Lewis. 2014.”The Urban Revolution,” in Lisa Benton-Short (ed), Cities of North America (Totowa: Rowman and Littlefield), 59-84.
  • Robert Lewis. 2013. “Networks and the Industrial Metropolis: Chicago’s Calumet District, 1870-1940,” in Clemens Zimmermann (ed.), Industrial Cities, History and Future (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), 89-114.
  • Richard Harris and Robert Lewis. 2013.  “Colonial anxiety counted: plague and census in Bombay and Calcutta, 1901,” in Robert Peckham and David Pomftret (eds.), Imperial Contagions:Medicine and Cultures of Planning in Asia. 1880-1949 (Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong Press), 94-126.
  • Robert Lewis. 2004. “Manufacturing and the suburbs” in Robert Lewis (ed.), The Manufacturing Suburb: Building Work and Home on the Metropolitan Fringe (Philadelphia: Temple
  • University Press), 1-15.
  • Robert Lewis. 1999. “Running rings around the city: North American industrial suburbs, 1850-1950,” in Richard Harris and Peter Larkham (eds.), Changing Suburbs (London: E & FN Spon), 146-67.
  • Robert Lewis. 1996 “Unemployment and labour markets in Hamilton during the Great Depression,” in Jon Caulfield and Linda Peake (eds.), City Lives and City Forms (Toronto: University of Toronto Press), 239-59.
  • Robert Lewis. 2008. Networking Chicago: Manufacturing Networks and the Metropolitan Industrial Landscape. 1865-1940 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press).
  • Robert Lewis.  2004. Editor. The Manufacturing Suburb: Building Work and Home on the Metropolitan Fringe (Philadelphia: Temple University Press).
  • Robert Lewis. 2000. Manufacturing Montreal: The Making of an Industrial Landscape. 1850-1930. (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press).
Research Clusters:
Cities and Everyday Life
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