Department of History
These are exciting times of change and growth in the Department of History. We have recently experienced the retirement of several faculty members who were as beloved for their teaching as they were distinguished for research and scholarship: Most recently, Boyd Professor William Cooper—one of the nation’s foremost experts in Civil War studies and the life of Jefferson Davis—and Karl Roider, an authority on Central European history whose career spanned 46 years at LSU and saw service in a wide range of administrative and advisory positions.
Despite these losses, the department has experienced steady growth for the past three years. LSU recognized the outstanding achievements of Prof. Suzanne Marchand by naming her the department’s newest Boyd Professor; and with the addition in Fall 2014 of scholars in fields including South Asian History, Eastern Europe, and Women’s and Gender Studies, the ranks of tenured and tenure-track professors in the department will number more than 30.
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, 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
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