Dr. Sam Shepherd

Professor of History

B.A., University of Delaware, 1970; M.A., 1972; Ph.D., 1980, University of Wisconsin.

Contact Information

  • Office: Magale Library Basement 22A
  • Phone: 869-5187
  • email

Dr. Samuel C. Shepherd, Jr. is professor of history and chair of the department. He earned his B.A. in American Studies from the University of Delaware and his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He teaches advanced courses in Southern History and Twentieth-Century United States. He supervises history internships and directs the senior seminar.

A scholar of southern urban and religious history, Dr. Shepherd is the author of Avenues of Faith: Shaping the Urban Religious Culture of Richmond, Virginia, 1900-1929. He is the editor of the three-volume collection New Orleans and Urban Louisiana.
He has published articles about Progressive Era reforms in Louisiana and about the1884-1885 New Orleans World’s Exposition in Louisiana History. In the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, he has written about a chaplain’s experiences in a hospital unit during World War I. He has contributed articles to The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, The Dictionary of American History, The Encyclopedia of Religion in the South, The Encyclopedia of American Urban History, The Dictionary of Louisiana Biography and Grassroots Constitutionalism: Shreveport, the South, and The Constitution. His current research includes the life of Walter Russell Bowie, an influential twentieth-century Episcopal rector, educator, and author.

Dr. Shepherd serves as the advisor to Centenary’s Alpha-Alpha-Omega chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in history. He has been named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers five times and has received an award as Centenary’s Outstanding Teacher. A past President of the Louisiana Historical Association, he has been honored as a Fellow of the LHA. He has served on various committees of the LHA and the Southern Historical Association. He is President of Centenary’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors. Fond of baseball, music, and the family Brittany, Dr. Shepherd is married to Julienne, Head of Research Services, Noel Memorial Library, Louisiana State University in Shreveport.

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