covers of books on porcelain by suzanne marchand and history of the civil war edited by aaron sheehan dean

Prize winners

Two recent books by History faculty have won prestigious prizes: Prof. Suzanne Marchand has won the Ralph Gomory Book Prize from the Business History Conference for her book, Porcelain: A History from the Heart of Europe; and Department Chair Prof. Aaron Sheehan-Dean won the Distinguished Book Award from Society for Military History for his work editing the multivolume Cambridge History of the American Civil War . Hearty congratulations to Professors Marchand and Sheehan-Dean!

Back in the saddle

After the difficulties of the Fall semester, the department, and the University, are back in full swing. Full measures are being taken to assure safety and social distancing, including remote and hybrid classes, video conferencing and thorough checks and cleaning. The department's new professor, John Bardes, continues to offer popular courses in the Antebellum South, and there is a full slate of regular courses, as well as a History internship for credit. Watch this space for information on upcoming visiting speakers, lectures, and colloquia. Welcome back!


Information on Fall 2021 course offerings will be posted in this space shortly.


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History Department scholarships for the 2021/22 Academic Year


Applications are now open using the university's centralized award system, Blackbaud Award Management. Go to the Scholarship Application Page for information about how to apply, including topics for the required supporting essay. Students who have questions may contact Undergraduate Advisor Steven Ross,

or Tianna Powers in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Women, Islam and Familial Intimacy in Colonial South Asia
Cover of Women, Islam and Familial Intimacy in Colonial South Asia, by Asiya Alam

By Prof. Asiya Alam

Women, Islam and Familial Intimacy in Colonial South Asia highlights the rich tradition of protest and defiance among the Muslim women of colonial India. Bringing together a range of archival material including novels, pamphlets, commentaries and journalistic essays, it narrates a history of Muslim feminism conversing with, and confronting the dominant and influential narratives of didactic social reform. The book reveals how discussion about marriage and family evoked claims of women’s freedom and rights in a highly charged literary and cultural landscape where lesser-known female intellectuals jostled for public space alongside well-known male social reformers. Definitions of Islamic ethics remained central to these debates, and the book illustrates how claims of social obligation, religious duty and freedom balanced and negotiated each other in a period of nationalism and reform. By doing so, it also illuminates a story of Muslim politics that goes beyond the well-established accounts of Muslim separatism and the Pakistan movement.

Brill, 2021

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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. 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.

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Research opportunities for students

Did you know that the word "history" actually means research? LSU offers many opportunities for undergraduate students to hone their skills and deepen their knowledge of history by working on their own research projects. Here are some possible ways to find the best fit for your interests:

  • Research Grants – students can apply each semester for funding to work on a research project. Grants can be used for hourly wages, supplies, and travel.
  • LSU Discover Day, The annual LSU student research and creativity symposium, held at least once a year.
  • Mentor database – Students and faculty can use the Mentor database to find each other to pair up for research projects.


Students of LSU's Geaux Teach program in history on graduation day

Graduates of Geaux Teach, the Major in History with a Concentration in Secondary Education, pose with program advisor Prof. Zevi Gutfreund (far right). For information on the Secondary Education history program: Geaux Teach

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 email, to explore their passion for history and suggest avenues of study you may wish to pursue. The Undergraduate Advisor is Steven Ross,; and the Director of Graduate Studies is Alecia Long,