LSU Experts Available to Speak on Mardi Gras History and Traditions

Mardi Gras MikeBATON ROUGE – LSU faculty experts are available for media interviews about the Mardi Gras history and traditions. 

To schedule interviews contact Ernie Ballard 225-578-5685 / Abbi Rocha Laymoun 817-938-6102 / or Alison Satake  510-816-8161. 

Check back here as this list will be updated. 

LSU researchers available to speak on Mardi Gras include: 

Mark Benfield, professor, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences
Contact: 225-578-6372 /   
Areas of expertise: How Mardi Gras beads can become microplasticsthat end up in the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico
Joyce Marie Jackson, professor of folklore-ethnomusicology, Department of Geography & Anthropology chair and the James J. Parsons Endowed Professor
Contact: 225-578-5942 /   
Areas of expertise: Mardi Gras Indians and other black masking traditions; carnivalesque street theater and resistance; transforming identities and public space; diasporic (Haiti and Trinidad) relationships. 
Naohiro Kato, associate professor, biological sciences
Contact: 225-578-2004 /   
Areas of expertise: Traffic control of molecules such as proteins and lipids in plant cells; developing biodegradable Mardi Gras beadsand doubloons from algae
Alecia P. Long, associate professor, Department of History
Contact: 225-578-4458 /    
Areas of expertise: 19th and 20th century social and cultural history of the United States, especially Louisiana and New Orleans
Michael Pasquier, associate professor, Departments of Religious Studies and History
Contact: 225-578-2271 / 
Areas of expertise: Roman Catholicism in the South, Roman Catholic traditions surrounding Mardi Gras and into Lent
Helen Regis, associate professor, Department of Geography & Anthropology
Contact: 225-578-6171 /   
Areas of expertise: Mardi Gras marching groups, innovation and tradition, alternative parades, New Orleans, gender, neighborhoods, race/racism, public space
Wes Shrum, professor, sociology
Contact: 225-578-5319 / 
Areas of expertise: Ritual disrobement at Mardi Gras, nudity, new traditions
Dek Terrell, LSU Economics & Policy Research Group executive director and LSU Department of Economics professor
Areas of expertise: Economic benefits of tourism and Mardi Gras, labor economics, public finance and applied environmental related studies
David Terry, associate professor, Department of Communication Studies
 Contact: 225-578-6838 /    
 Areas of expertise: Cultural performance, performance ethnography, oral history, new media, performance art, environmental performance, modern Greek studies, non-visible disability.
Carolyn Ware, associate professor, Department of English 
Contact: 225-578-3022 /    
Areas of expertise: Rural Cajun Mardi Gras celebrations, coastal folk culture (especially Plaquemines Parish), Louisiana Croatian folklife, human-animal relationships and veterinary culture
LSU Libraries Special Collections: The LSU Libraries have a number of collections related to Mardi Gras history and traditions:
Selection of articles covering this topic in the digitized Louisiana newspapers
LSU Libraries Mardi Gras Collection
For more information, contact LSU Libraries Special Collections at 225-578-6544 or
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