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University of Louisiana at Lafayette
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Disaster History, Environmental History, Women and Gender History, Twentieth Century U.S., Twenty-First Century U.S., Hurricanes, Floods, Weather, Gulf South History, Southern History, Louisiana History, Cultural History, Oral History, Digital Humanities, Public History
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About Me

Liz Skilton is an Associate Professor of History and Director of Public History and holds the J.J. Burdin M.D. and Helen B. Burdin/Board of Regents Endowed Professorship in Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She specializes in the history of disaster and human response to it. Her research has been featured in venues like National Geographic and The Washington Post.

Presently, she serves as part of the research faculty at the Institute for Coastal & Water Research (ICaWR), the Louisiana Watershed Flood Center, and the Center for Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and as part of a National Science Foundation grant research team studying the impact of disaster on Louisiana. She is co-author of the textbook, The Louisiana Experience (2016), and recipient of a Louisiana Board of Regents Artists and Scholars Grant for her book, Tempest: Hurricane Naming and American Culture (2019).

Recent Publications

1. Tempest: Hurricane Naming and American Culture, LSU Press, 2019. Link here

2. “Disasters Have Histories”: Teaching & Researching American Disasters, Co-Author, in OAH’s The American Historian, February 2018. Link here

3. The Louisiana Experience, Eighth Grade History Textbook, Co-Author (Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith, Spring 2016).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Gender, Local & Regional, Public History, Science, Women