LSU Experts Available to Speak on Mardi Gras History and Traditions
BATON ROUGE – LSU faculty experts are available for media interviews about the Mardi Gras history and traditions.
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 / email@example.com
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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 / email@example.com
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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 / email@example.com
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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 / email@example.com
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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 / email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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