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Classes beginning at 4pm today on the WKU Bowling Green campus are canceled. Thursday and Friday classes also canceled. Online classes will proceed as scheduled. WKU offices will be closed on Thursday, with essential personnel reporting.

WKU Owensboro closed at noon today (Wed., 3/4).

WKU Glasgow evening classes that begin at 5 pm today will be canceled and the WKU Glasgow campus will close at 7 pm.

WKU Elizabethtown-Fort Knox campus will close today at 3 pm and will remain closed Thurs., Fri, and Sat., March 5-7.

Should inclement weather make travel hazardous, residence halls will remain open until Saturday. Follow WKU Housing & Residence Life for updates.

The high school regional basketball tournament games scheduled for tonight have been canceled. Games will be rescheduled for Friday/Saturday.

Follow WKU News for the latest updates. #WKUAlert.

David Lee

David LeeDavid Lee


Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1975

Fields: 20th Century U.S., Aviation, U.S. Political, South

Office:  Fine Arts Center 200

Phone:  (270) 745-5204


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Research Interests

My research interests center on American society in the first half of the 20th century.  I have done books on Tennessee politics in the 1920s and on the life of World War I soldier, Sergeant Alvin York.  I also co-authored a history of the United States in the twentieth century.  More recently my research has focused on aviation history, particularly the role of the federal government in the development of commercial aviation in the 1920s and 1930s.  Articles drawing on this research have appeared in The Historian and Business History Review and in collections of essays published by the University of Iowa Press and the University of North Carolina Press.  I have received research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association.


Teaching Interests

My teaching interests focus on American history, primarily in the 20th century.



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