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Stacia Haynie Named Dean of the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences

03/11/2014 02:42 PM

Stacia HaynieBATON ROUGE – LSU has named Stacia Haynie as the new dean of the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Haynie is the J. W. Annison Jr. Family Alumni Professor in the LSU Department of Political Science and served previously as department chair, associate dean and interim dean of the LSU Graduate School, as well as vice provost for academic affairs. Her appointment as dean begins July 1, pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors.

“We are pleased to announce Stacia Haynie as the dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and to welcome her to the leadership team at LSU,” said LSU President & Chancellor F. King Alexander. “She has had an impressive career as both a faculty member and university administrator, and her experience will help to lead the college into the future.”

LSU conducted a national search for dean, and Jerry Ceppos, dean of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication, served as chair of the search committee.

Haynie will replace Gaines M. Foster, who became dean in January 2011, after having served as interim dean since July 2009. Foster is stepping down to return to the faculty in the Department of History.

“Stacia Haynie has served LSU in a number of roles during her career, and it is a pleasure to announce her as the next dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell. “I would like to thank Jerry Ceppos, the search committee, and faculty, staff and students who participated in the dean search process for their feedback and help in selecting the next dean of the college. I would also like to thank Gaines Foster for his service to LSU in leading the college over the past five years.”

Haynie received a bachelor’s degree in theater in 1981 and a master’s degree in political science in 1986, both from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. In 1990, she received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Texas.

“The faculty, staff, students and alumni of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences have entrusted me with the honor of leading the college. Everything is possible with their support,” Haynie said.  “And we are very appreciative of the long-term leadership of Gaines Foster, who has served the college well for so many years.”

Haynie studies judicial politics with special emphasis on comparative appellate court decision-making. With support from the National Science Foundation and the Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund, Haynie and her colleagues C. Neal Tate of Vanderbilt, Reginald Sheehan of Michigan State University, and Donald Songer of the University of South Carolina have created a 10-country appellate courts data set. Haynie has particular expertise in the legal systems of South Africa, the Philippines and India. Her studies also include civil trial court decisions in U.S. state courts. Her work has been published in the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Law and Society Review, the South African Journal of Human Rights, Asian Studies and Asian Profile.

Haynie teaches courses in Judicial Politics, American Constitutional Law, Comparative Judicial Politics and American Public Law. Haynie has also been awarded the Arts & Sciences Professor’s Award for Distinguished Scholarship, the LSU University Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award and the LSU College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Council Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

The College of Humanities & Social Sciences is one of the dynamic centers of the university, teaching core subjects and providing opportunities to learn and conduct research in traditional and emerging disciplines in 11 degree-granting departments, 10 interdisciplinary programs and two ROTC units. For information on the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, visit

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