history faculty
Dr. Gary A. Donaldson
Keller Family Foundation Chair in American History
Director, Center for Undergraduate Research
Ph.D., Louisiana State University,  1983
Specialties: twentieth-century U.S. history and post-World War II foreign policy and politics
Dr. Donaldson teaches courses in Modern America (since 1945), Historiography and Research, U.S. History survey (since 1865), and World Civilizations. In 1996 and again in 1998 he attended the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria. During the 1991-1992 academic year, and again in 1997-98, he served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in China, teaching twentieth-century American foreign policy at Beijing Foreign Studies University. His works include The Making of Modern America (2009); Modern America: A Documentary History of the Nation since 1945 (2007); The First Modern Campaign, The 1960 Presidential Campaign (2007); Liberalism's Last Hurrah!: The Presidential Campaign of 1964 (2003); American Foreign Policy: The Twentieth Century in Documents (2002); and Truman Defeats Dewey (1998). 

Dr. Donaldson may be contacted at: (504) 520-7408 or by e-mail at

Dr. Shamsul Huda
Associate Professor of History
Director, Across Curriculum Thinking (ACT) Program
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Specialties: social and quantitative history
Dr. Huda teaches courses on World Civilizations, American history, modern Third World history, and the history of American Law. He also regularly offers an advanced course on Mohandas Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1996-97 Dr. Huda was awarded a senior Research Fellowship by the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies. In his spare time, Dr. Huda composes Bengali poetry. He also edits Abinashi Shabdarashi (Eternal Words), a literary magazine commemorating the martyrs of the 1952 Bengali Language Movement. Dr. Huda received his academic training in three countries: Bangladesh, Canada, and the United States, where he received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Dr. Huda may be contacted at: (504) 520-7406 or by e-mail at

Sr. Barbara Hughes, C.S.J.
Professor of History
Ph.D. in Modern History, St. Louis University
M.A., Xavier University of Louisiana
Specialties: nineteenth-century French political and religious history, history of women and oral history

Sr. Barbara Hughes received her M.A. from Xavier University, and a Ph.D. in Modern History from St. Louis University. Her dissertation was on Anticlericalism in the Writings of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon. She teaches courses in World Civilizations and Modern European History. She is advisor to the Alpha-Mu-Pi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta and a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph.

Sr. Barbara Hughes may be contacted at: (504) 520-7410 or by e-mail at

Dr. Elizabeth Manley
Associate Professor of History
Ph.D. in Latin American History, Tulane University, 2008
M.A. in Latin American History, Tulane University, 2002
B.A. in History and Latin American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 1998
Specialties:  modern Caribbean, gender, political participation and citizenship
Dr. Manley teaches courses on Latin America, the Caribbean, and World Civilizations, as well as thematic courses covering areas of interest such as gender, politics and revolution. Her research interests focus primarily on issues of gender and participation in politics, nationalism and revolution, and political change in the modern Caribbean. Currently, she is working on a project dealing with the participation of women in the authoritarian governments of Rafael Trujillo and Joaquin Balaguer in the twentieth-century Dominican Republic.

Dr. Manley can be reached at (504)520-7409 or at

Dr. Jonathan Rotondo-McCord
Associate Professor of History
Ph.D. in Medieval Studies, Yale University, 1991
Specialties: medieval Germany, social and political history, comparative world history
A medievalist, Dr. Rotondo-McCord teaches the world history survey and courses in the ancient Mediterranean and medieval Europe. Rotondo-McCord twice received DAAD Fellowships for two year-long research stays in Bonn, Germany. His articles and reviews have appeared in Viator,  the Journal of Medieval History, and Speculum. He currently holds the W. K. Kellogg Professorship in History at Xavier University. 

Dr. Rotondo-McCord may be contacted at: (504) 520-5270 or by e-mail at

Dr. Steven J. Salm
Associate Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Texas, 2003
Specialties:  Africa, Atlantic World, urban, youth and popular culture
Dr. Salm teaches courses in African history, the Black Atlantic World, African Popular Culture, and Research Methods, as well as the two-semester sequence in World Civilizations. He taught previously at the University of Texas at Austin and in 2005 was named History Teacher of the Year by Xavier University . Dr. Salm has conducted fieldwork in several West African countries, including Ghana and Sierra Leone , and has received a number of awards and fellowships for his work, including a William S. Livingston Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. He has published a book, Culture and Customs of Ghana ( Greenwood , 2002), as well as chapters and articles on topics as diverse as gender, youth, music, literature, religion, urbanization and popular culture. His writings have appeared in numerous academic journals and edited books, including African Historical Research: Sources and Methods and Urbanization and African Cultures, among others.  He has published four edited volumes on urbanization in Africa, the most prominent being African Urban Spaces in Historical Perspective (Rochester, 2005), and is presently revising a manuscript that investigates the development of youth subcultures in Accra, Ghana, since the Second World War by addressing the changing dynamics of globalization, cultural consumption, and identity transformation. 

Dr. Salm may be contacted at: (504) 520-5272 or by e-mail at


Dr. Sharlene Sinegal DeCuir
Assistant Professor of History

Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2009
M.A., Louisiana State University, 2001
B.A., History, Xavier University of Louisiana, 1999
Specialties: U.S., New South, Civil Rights, African American activism

Sharlene Sinegal DeCuir is from Lafayette, Louisiana.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1999.  She received her Masters of Art degree in 2001 and her PhD. in 2009 from Louisiana State University.  Her areas of concentration are in American, African-American, and Latin American history.  Throughout her academic career, she has focused on the New South period of American history through the Civil Rights Movement, with particular interest on African American activism in Louisiana.

Dr. Sinegal DeCuir can be reached at (504)520-5274 or at


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