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David H. Culbert

Professor of History, College of Humanities and Social Sciences









Professor David Culbert served at LSU as a professor in both the LSU History Department and the Ogden Honors College. He was awarded with three TAF Outstanding Teacher Awards in addition to being recognized as the John L. Loos Chair of History in 2005. He had an incredible bond with his students and made many efforts to create educational opportunities, such as collaborating with the WWII Museum in New Orleans to create internships.

Professor Culbert received undergraduate degrees in German History from Oberlin College, and in Organ Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He then spent time studying organ music at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria. He completed his Ph.D. in American History at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, where his work on the role of radio news commentators in 1930s America became the subject of his first book, News for Everyman: Radio and Foreign Affairs in Thirties America.

Professor Culbert served as Assistant Professor of History at Yale before joining the faculty of the Department of History at LSU and became especially well known for his work on film propaganda in World War II. He was an editor of his document series, Film and Propaganda in America: A Documentary History, the microfilm edition of the OWI archive, Information Control and Propaganda: Records of the Office of War Information, Warner Brothers' Mission to Moscow, World War II, Film and History, co-edited with John W. Chambers, and Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500 to the Present, co-edited with Nick Cull and David Welch.

Over the years, Professor Culbert was celebrated with many honors and awards including NDEA Title IV Fellow (1966-1970), Fellow, Wilson Center for Scholars, Smithsonian Institution (1976-1977), Fellow, National Humanities Institute, Yale University (1977-1978), Rockefeller Foundation Grant (1979 and 1981), National Endowment for the Humanities Grant (1980-1981), Kellogg Foundation National Fellow (1981-1984), Corporation for Public Broadcasting Grant (1983), NEH Medial Programming Grant (1984), Thyssen Stifung Grant (1992), ACLS-DAAD Collaborative Research Grant (1993), Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and International Who's Who in Classical Music.

Professor Culbert was born on July 7, 1943, in San Antonio, Texas, and grew up in Arlington, Virginia. At an early age, he showed interest in classical music, singing in the choir of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. He had an incredibly influential presence and his work brought much inspiration to LSU.

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