Department Of History

News & Announcements


Student News

Edward Wiggins (History, 2020) has been awarded an internship at the Atlanta History Center this summer. The Center boasts several locations including the Swan House, where Hunger Games: Catching Fire was filmed, and the Margaret Mitchell House, which memorializes the author of Gone with the Wind. Edward will have the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a museum and archive, not unlike his experience working with the primary sources in the Historic New Orleans Collection during his course, HIST 2415: Introduction to Historical Research and Writing.
Corinne Williams (Projected 2017) was selected to participate in the eight-week, Summer 2016 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Congressional Internship Program in Washington, DC where she participated in various leadership and professional development seminars, educational forums and networking events while simultaneously learning about the day to day operations of the United States Congress. She was placed in representative Al Green’s office (TX 9th Congressional District) for the duration of the program. Williams in currently a graduate assistant with the Center for Continuing Studies and Distance Education.
Ashley Gragg (Projected 2017) was awarded a Rachel Robinson International Fellowship and selected to participate in Operation Crossroads Africa 10-week Summer 2016 Program in Ghana. In addition to working with a community outside Cape Coast, Ashley spent time in Accra performing research - including interviews - for a project on tattoo culture in West Africa that looks at tattooing as an aspect of individual and group identity formation, and as a form of resistance against dominant generational and gender structures. Gragg is currently conducting an internship at the Whitney Plantation.
Peyton E. King (Projected 2018) recently completed an internship with the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). She assisted in the preparation of an art exhibit called the Essence of Things. Her role was to research some of the different artists that were part of the exhibit including Charles and Ray Eames, Dieter Rams, and Le Corbusier. The purpose of the exhibit was to demonstrate the art and beauty within everyday objects. She also helped facilitate a kids event with Friday Nights at NOMA. 

Faculty News

Dr. Gary Donaldson has recently published two new works of scholarship:

When America Liked Ike; How Moderates Won the 1952 Presidential Election and Reshaped American Politics, Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.




America At War since 1945: Politics and Diplomacy in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, Carrel Press, 2016.


 Dr. Elizabeth Manley’s published her first book The Paradox of Paternalism: Women and Authoritarian Politics in the Dominican Republic with the University Press of Florida.



Dr. Steve Salm is currently editing a 3-volume, comprehensive textbook on African history and culture to be published by Carolina Academic Press. The first two volumes are expected in 2017.
Dr. Sharlene Sinegal-Decuir published “Nothing To Be Feared: Norman C. Francis, Civil Rights Activism, and the Black Catholic Movement” in the Journal of African American History. She is also a member of the founding class of Xavier’s Forty under Forty.

"History has thrust something upon me from which I cannot turn away." - Martin Luther King Jr.



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