Department Of History

History Faculty

Dr. Gary A. Donaldson
Keller Family Foundation Chair in American History
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 in Latin American, Caribbean, and World history, as well as thematic courses covering areas of interest such as gender, politics, human rights, 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. She recently completed The Paradox of Paternalism: Women and Authoritarianism in the Dominican Republic (University Press of Florida, 2017) and has forthcoming work in The Journal of Women’s History, Small Axe, and The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. She is also a contributing editor for the Library of Congress’ Handbook of Latin American Studies and the co-chair of the Haiti-Dominican Republic section of the Latin American Studies Association. Currently she is directing the Digital Humanities Initiative as part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Core Curriculum Enhancement Grant through the Mellon Foundation.

Dr. Manley can be contacted at: (504)520-7409 or by e-mail 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
Alumni Class of 1958 Endowed Professorship in the Humanities
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 and popular culture, the Black Atlantic World, modern colonialism, and research methods. He 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 six books, as well as chapters and articles on topics as diverse as gender, youth, music, literature, religion, urbanization, and popular culture. He currently holds the Alumni Class of 1958 Endowed Professorship in the Humanities and serves as the Department Chair of History and the Division Chair of Fine Arts and Humanities.

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

Dr. Sharlene Sinegal DeCuir
Associate Professor of History

Ph.D., in American History, Louisiana State University, 2009
(concentrations in African American and Latin American History)
M.A., in American History, Louisiana State University, 2001
B.A., History, Xavier University of Louisiana, 1999
Specialties: American, African American, Civil Rights, New South, Louisiana

Dr. Sharlene Sinegal-DeCuir teaches several courses at Xavier including Slavery and Servitude in World History, African American History Survey, U. S. Civil Rights Movement, Children and Youth Activism in Louisiana’s Civil Rights Movement, and Oral 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 was honored as the first faculty alumni to receive the Xavier University 40 under 40 Young Alumni Award. She has been featured on MSNBC with Al Sharpton, worked as contributor for the PBS show “We’ll Meet Again,” with Ann Curry, has been quoted in the New York Times and published a New York Times Op-Ed article, interviewed by WBOK New Orleans Talk Radio, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, and featured on Health Issues with Christopher Sylvain. She has written several articles, one of her most noted one being published in The Journal of African-American History titled, “Nothing Is To Be Feared”: Norman C. Francis, Civil Rights Activism, And The Black Catholic Movement. She has severed as member of the New Orleans Tricentennial Symposium Committee, the American Historical Association and the American Philosophical Association Steering Committee, and as a review panelist for the National Endowment of Humanities Summer Stipend program.

Dr. Sinegal DeCuir can be contacted at: (504)520-5274 or by e-mail at

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



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