About

 

The Guilbeau Center offers new digital humanities tools for data analysis, archiving, and digital exhibits; video and audio recording equipment; scanners for maps and 3D objects and 3D printing. The Guilbeau Center also consists of a recording studio, conference room, and project space for the production of podcasts and documentary films, collection of oral histories, digitization of maps, curation of digital and analog history exhibits, organizing public history colloquia and training workshops in all the new software and technical equipment. The Guilbeau Center supports ongoing public history programming and courses for students at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

 

Director

Marissa H. Petrou, PhD   Director of the Center   Assistant Professor of History, Director of Public History   Education :  Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles   Teaching and Research Interests:   Public History; History of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Modern Germany   Email : marissa.petrou@louisiana.edu

Marissa H. Petrou, PhD

Director of the Center

Assistant Professor of History, Director of Public History

Education:

Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles

Teaching and Research Interests:

Public History; History of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Modern Germany

Email: marissa.petrou@louisiana.edu

Contributors

Ian Beamish,  Ph.D.  Assistant Professor of History/ Dr. James Wilson/BORSF Eminent Scholar Endowed Professor in Southern Studies  Former Co-Director of the Center   Education:   Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University  M.A., Johns Hopkins University  B.A., University of Alberta   Teaching Interests:   Enslavement, Public History, History of Capitalism   Areas of Research:   Enslavement, Capitalism, Nineteenth-Century United States   Email:    ian.beamish@louisiana.edu

Ian Beamish, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History/ Dr. James Wilson/BORSF Eminent Scholar Endowed Professor in Southern Studies

Former Co-Director of the Center

Education:

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

M.A., Johns Hopkins University

B.A., University of Alberta

Teaching Interests:

Enslavement, Public History, History of Capitalism

Areas of Research:

Enslavement, Capitalism, Nineteenth-Century United States

Email:

ian.beamish@louisiana.edu


Liz Skilton , PhD  Assistant Professor of History, J. J. Burdin & Helen Burdin/BORSF Endowed Professor in Louisiana Studies  Former Co-Director of the Center   Teaching and Research Interests:   US Gender & Environmental History, History of Disaster, Louisiana History, Oral History   Email :  Skilton@Louisiana.edu

Liz Skilton, PhD

Assistant Professor of History, J. J. Burdin & Helen Burdin/BORSF Endowed Professor in Louisiana Studies

Former Co-Director of the Center

Teaching and Research Interests:

US Gender & Environmental History, History of Disaster, Louisiana History, Oral History

Email:

Skilton@Louisiana.edu

Chad H. Parker,  Ph.D.  Associate Professor, Department Head   Teaching Interests:   History of U.S. Foreign Relations, Twentieth-Century U.S. History, Transnational History   Email :  chparker@louisiana.edu

Chad H. Parker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department Head

Teaching Interests:

History of U.S. Foreign Relations, Twentieth-Century U.S. History, Transnational History

Email:

chparker@louisiana.edu

Michael Martin , Ph.D.  Cheryl Courrégé Burguières/Board of Regents Professor in History   Education:   Ph.D., University of Arkansas, B.A. and M. A., University of Southwestern Louisiana   Teaching Interest:   Louisiana, the American South, and public history   Areas of Research:   modern Louisiana politics and culture   Email:   docmartin@louisiana.edu

Michael Martin, Ph.D.

Cheryl Courrégé Burguières/Board of Regents Professor in History

Education:

Ph.D., University of Arkansas, B.A. and M. A., University of Southwestern Louisiana

Teaching Interest:

Louisiana, the American South, and public history

Areas of Research:

modern Louisiana politics and culture

Email:

docmartin@louisiana.edu

Brittany Cook , Ph.D.  Assistant Professor of Geography   Education:   PhD, Geography, University of Kentucky   Teaching Interests:   environmental, political, and Middle East geographies and GIS for the Liberal Arts   Areas of Research:   Political Ecology, Feminist Theory, Food and Agriculture, and Development   Email:   brittany.cook@louisiana.edu

Brittany Cook, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Geography

Education:

PhD, Geography, University of Kentucky

Teaching Interests:

environmental, political, and Middle East geographies and GIS for the Liberal Arts

Areas of Research:

Political Ecology, Feminist Theory, Food and Agriculture, and Development

Email:

brittany.cook@louisiana.edu


 

Graduate Assistants

Stephanie Fontenot

Public Outreach Coordinator

Contact: c00256320@louisiana.edu

Kassi McAllister

Collections Manager

Contact: kassimcallister@gmail.com

Summer Abu-Khomra

Graduate Assistant

As a graduate assistant for the Guilbeau Center for Public History, I learned how to use history as a tool to interact with the public. I most enjoyed organizing the Archives in Crisis series, funded by a grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents. For this project, my colleague Julia Fontenot and myself selected archivists, historians, and conservators from around the country who we felt could best provide a series of workshops to help public historians preserve the histories they have been chosen to protect. After selecting various highly regarded speakers, Julia and I worked to coordinate the logistics of the event, including but not limited to booking the event hall, making travel arrangements, and working with the speakers to plan their talk. I learned how much work goes into planning such events, and I have grown to truly appreciate the work public historians do in order to protect their materials. I realized that public historians represent a small group of individuals who are passionate about preserving and interpreting history and educating the public. Without our archives, museums, and libraries, we would be truly lost. Protecting our histories is necessity, now more than ever.