College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
  Mark A. Lewis
Associate Professor

Mark A. Lewis
Associate Professor

Office : Building 2N Room 208
Phone : 718.982.2909
Fax : 718.982.2864

Degrees :
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
A.B., Stanford University

Biography / Academic Interests :
Prof. Lewis has diverse interests in European and world history, including the development of the laws of war and international criminal law, the role of non-governmental organizations in shaping law and politics, and the history of Germany, Austria, and the Balkans in the 19th and 20th centuries.  Currently he is researching the history of the political police in Austria and Serbia during World War One, aiming to show the continuities and discontinuities in these institutions before and after the war.

His recent book, The Birth of the New Justice: The Internationalization of Crime and Punishment, 1919-1950 (Oxford University Press, 2014), explains attempts to establish international criminal courts and build the field of international criminal law from the end of World War One to the beginning of the Cold War. The manuscript won the Wiener Library’s Fraenkel Prize in 2013.

He is also the co-author of Himmler’s Jewish Tailor: The Story of Jacob Frank, Holocaust Survivor from Lublin (Syracuse University Press, 2000). This is an oral history of a Polish Jewish tailor who was the head of a clothing factory at the Lipowa Street labor camp, run by the SS in Lublin. Frank, one of the few survivors of the Lublin ghetto, describes ghetto life, the Nazi production system, and the liquidation of the ghetto in 1942. He also explains his time in the camps of Natzweiler and Dachau. He served as a witness in West German war crimes trials in Frankfurt in the 1970s, including the trial of Lipowa commandant Wolfgang Mohwinkel.

Since coming to CSI in 2008, Prof. Lewis has taught courses on modern Germany (1740-2000), the Balkans (1453-2000), political and social ideologies, twentieth-century Europe, and the Holocaust. He also teaches the department’s course on Historiography and the senior research seminar.

Scholarship / Publications :
Lewis, Mark. The Birth of the New Justice:  The Internationalization of Crime and Punishment, 1919-1950. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. ISBN:  978-0-19-966028-5. See the publisher’s website:

Lewis, Mark. “The Failure of the Austrian and Yugoslav Police to Repress the Croatian Ustaša in Austria:  1929-1934,“ Austrian History Yearbook 45 (2014): 186-212.

Lewis, Mark. “The World Jewish Congress and the Institute of Jewish Affairs at Nuremberg: Ideas, Strategies, and Political Goals, 1942-1946.” Yad Vashem Studies 36 (2008): 181-210.

Lewis, Mark and Jacob Frank. Himmler’s Jewish Tailor:  The Story of Holocaust Survivor Jacob Frank. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2000. See the publisher’s website: