Department of History
The 2014-2015 academic year saw accomplishments on all fronts by faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. The program is in the process of revising the Undergraduate curriculum better to serve the needs of students, many of whom now arrive at LSU with advanced-placement or Dual Enrollment credit for undergraduate courses. The History Department has continued to produce new graduate students with research credentials in fields as diverse as American Pop culture, Tudor/Stuart England, Asian Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Recent additions to the faculty have bolstered the department’s offerings in World and Asian history, while still maintaining its traditional strengths in American and particularly Southern history. Assistant Professor Asiya Alam is a specialist in South Asian history and gender relations, while Asst. Prof. Catherine Jacquet is an American historian with a joint appointment with Women’s and Gender Studies. Other new faculty include Asst. Prof. Sherri Franks Johnson, a scholar of medieval and women’s history; Asst. Prof. Brendan Karch (Central Europe and 20th Century), and Associate Prof. Leslie Tuttle (Early Modern Europe and French history). The Dean of LSU’s Honors College, Jonathan Earle, is also a highly respected historian of the Civil War and 19th Century U.S. History. Return to this page frequently, and please consider visiting and Liking the department’s Facebook page, for updates and notices of lectures and other events.
Faculty, Research and Teaching
In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate classes, faculty members serve in a large number of campus and community outreach capacities, and do original research and writing on topics ranging from American pop culture to Chinese Confucianism and far beyond (see Fields of Study). LSU is one of the nation’s premier sites for research in Southern history, but it also has excellent faculty members and graduate students working in a host of other fields. In addition to Southern and United States history, it has particular strengths in British history, the Middle Ages and Renaissance studies, and modern European history. It also has faculty members publishing on and teaching the history of the Ancient world, African American history, Latin America, and Africa, as well as South and East Asia.
Studying History at LSU
If you are considering enrolling as an undergraduate major in History or as a graduate student, you may wish to explore the information provided here about Careers, Internships, Financial Aid and Fields of Study. Make sure to check out the background and specializations of the professors with whom you may be working. Most professors will also be happy to meet with you one-on-one, or communicate by e-mail, to explore their passion for history and suggest avenues of study you may wish to pursue. The Undergraduate Advisor is Steven Ross, email@example.com; and the Director of Graduate Studies is Christine Kooi, firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are currently about 60 graduate students enrolled in doctoral and master’s-degree programs in the department. The department graduated 65 majors in the Commencement ceremonies held in the Spring of 2014; total enrollment in History courses numbers in the thousands every semester.
The department also hosts and/or contributes to a continuing round of lectures, seminars, and colloquia, including the prestigious annual Fleming Lecture Series on Southern history, the Modern History Colloquium series, the periodic Works in Progress seminars (WIPS) and the Medieval and Renaissance Interdisciplinary Studies program (MARIS).
Chair: Prof. Victor Stater, email@example.com
Administrative Coordinator: Darlene Albritton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrative Coordinator: Sandra Kirby, email@example.com