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Dr. Jerry Sanson Inducted into LHA Company of Fellows

Released: 06/18/2009

Dr. Jerry Sanson, professor of history and political science at LSU at Alexandria, has been inducted into the Louisiana Historical Association Company of Fellows. The honor is reserved for “those who have made remarkable contributions to Louisiana’s culture, literature and history.”

Sanson, who has held two endowed professorships and is a Bolton Award for Teaching Excellence winner at LSUA, has written three books on Louisiana history -- “Louisiana State and Local Government,” “Louisiana During World War II,” and “Camp Beauregard and Central Louisiana “ -- and delivered more than 30 papers at regional, national and international levels. He also has contributed to several dozen books, journals and encyclopedia entries and has written more than 100 book reviews for scholarly journals.

“Dr. Sanson’s recognition by the Louisiana Historical Association is extremely well deserved, and it’s a rare honor that comes only after much meritorious service as an historian,” said Dr. Tom Armstrong, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs whose academic expertise is history. “It’s a mark of distinction for Dr. Sanson and one for LSUA, especially considering that he’s the only member of the Company of Fellows from Central Louisiana.”

Louisiana Public Broadcasting used Sanson as a resource for a documentary on former Gov. Earl Long. He also has led more than 25 programs in the Readings in Literature and Culture series for the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

“This is an extremely prestigious academic honor for Dr. Sanson, one that reflects exceptional classroom teaching and superb scholarship,” said Dr. Greg Gormanous, chairman of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Sanson has been a member of the LSUA faculty since 1983. He is a winner of the Max Bradbury Award for best article published in “North Louisiana History” journal and Award for Individual Accomplishment presented by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

Sanson is a graduate of Buckeye High School. He earned his undergraduate degree at Louisiana College and master’s and doctorate at LSU.