Department of History
The 2014-2015 academic year starts off with a surge of activity. New additions to the faculty include: Assistant Professor Asiya Alam, a specialist in South Asian history and gender relations; Asst. Prof. Catherine Jacquet, an American historian (joint appointment with Women’s and Gender Studies); 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). In addition, the newly appointed Dean of LSU’s Honors College, Jonathan Earle, is a highly respected historian of the Civil War and 19th Century U.S. History, and has been granted tenure within the department. The new additions have launched into an active program of research and teaching, and promise to continue an already rich tradition of historical studies at LSU.
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 new Undergraduate Advisor is Steven Ross, firstname.lastname@example.org; and the Director of Graduate Studies is Christine Kooi, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrative Coordinator: Darlene Albritton, email@example.com
Administrative Coordinator: Sandra Kirby, firstname.lastname@example.org