Dr. Michael S. Martin has been named director of the Center for Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana.  As director, Martin will also manage the Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism and the University of Louisiana Press.

Martin is the Cheryl Courrégé Burguières/Board of Regents Professor in History and will hold a joint appointment as director of the Center for Louisiana Studies and associate professor in the Department of History.

He is a native of Lafayette and earned both his B.A. (1994) and M.A. (1997) in history from UL. He has taught at UL since 2003.

Martin’s research interests focus on twentieth-century Louisiana and southern history. He is managing editor of the journal Louisiana History, published quarterly by the Louisiana Historical Association, and is currently completing final revisions on a biography of former U.S. Senator Russell Long.

His most recent publications include an edited volume entitled Louisiana Beyond Black and White: Recent Interpretations of Twentieth-Century Race and Race Relations and a pictorial history of Lafayette, Historic Lafayette. A volume he co-edited, Louisiana Legacies: A Reader, is scheduled for publication in 2012.

Martin earned his Ph.D. in American History at the University of Arkansas and, for two years prior to returning to UL Lafayette, worked as a research associate at the Albert Gore, Sr. Research Center of Middle Tennessee State University. He has taught a broad range of courses on American, Louisiana, and Public History topics in UL Lafayette’s Department of History.

The Center for Louisiana Studies was established in 1973 for the promotion of scholarly investigation of Louisiana’s rich culture and heritage. The Center’s research division houses some of the nation’s largest microfilm collections of French and Spanish colonial records, as well as the world’s largest collection of Cajun and Creole folklore, oral history, and folklife materials.

The Center for Cultural & Eco-Tourism enhances cultural and eco-tourism in the Pelican State through myriad activities, including an extensive online tourism guide, the collaborative interaction and research of its fellows, ongoing cultural fieldwork and archival collections, and community outreach programs. For more information, visit the CCET website.

The University of Louisiana Press is one of Louisiana's two largest academic publishers, and the largest academic publisher of Louisiana-related works anywhere. Founded in 1973 and publishing under the Center for Louisiana Studies imprint until 2009, the UL Press has an extensive array of current titles, as well as an online storefront. For more information, visit ULPress.org.

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