Redpath - 2014 St. Louis Speakers

Carl A. Brasseaux, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism, is one of the world's leading authorities on French North America, with extensive expertise in the areas of Acadian/Cajun and Creole history and culture. He holds a doctorate from the Université de Paris, from which he was graduated with highest distinction. Brasseaux has published thirty-three volumes of material on Louisiana and French North America. His latest work, which was released on CD-ROM in 2000, is a 1,850-page biographical dictionary including sketches of all persons known to have served the French monarchy in the Mississippi Valley and Gulf Coast regions during the eighteenth century. In addition, Brasseaux has published 101 chapters in books or articles in scholarly journals throughout North America and Europe.

His current research project consists of the establishment of a database that will serve as the foundation for a book on Louisiana's environmental history. The database currently includes over 5,000 entries drawn from eyewitness descriptions of the area's native flora and fauna, including such extinct species as the Carolina parakeet, the wood bison, and the prairie hen.



Ryan Brasseux is the Dean of Davenport College at Yale University, and is the chief academic advisor for the more than 400 students comprising the residential college. He helps students navigate academic regulations, Yale bureaucracy, and life in general.

Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; the Master of Arts in Anthropology from Louisiana State University; and the Master of Arts and M. Phil. in American Studies at Yale. 


Anne Juneau Craver, born and raised in St. Louis, has held a variety of positions over the years as a U.S. Department of Defense translator, professor of French and Comparative Literature and most recently, as an attorney.  Her degrees include a BA, cum laude, in French/Chinese from St. Louis University, an MA in French/Chinese from St. Louis University, a PhD in Comparative Literature with French, Persian and Arabic languages from Washington University in St. Louis and a JD from St. Louis University School of Law with an International and Comparative Law Certificate.  In 2001, the French government awarded her the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques for her work on the French poet and writer, Andrée Chedid: and her contribution to the promotion of French language and culture throughout the world.  This past June 2013, she and other authors presented a book in tribute to Andree Chedid, Andree Chedid, je t’aime, at the Café de Flore in Paris.

She is currently working on a book on La Revue de l’Ouest, an 1854 St. Louis newspaper published in French.


Patricia Cleary --  a St. Louis native, Professor Patricia Cleary (California State University, Long Beach) explored the city's complex colonial past in The World, the Flesh, and the Devil: A History of Colonial St. Louis (University of Missouri Press, 2011). An earlier study of commerce and empire, Elizabeth Murray: A Woman’s Pursuit of Independence in Eighteenth-century America (University of Massachusetts Press, 2000), lay the basis for an award-winning website, The Elizabeth Murray Project: A Resource Site in Early American History ( Cleary is currently researching the history of Indian mounds in the Mississippi River Valley and the roles of Indian peoples in shaping the area’s society, culture, and economy for a book project on The Destruction of the Mounds: Memory, Civic Culture, and the Indigenous


Lionel Cuillé is the  Jane and Bruce Robert Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Webster University. Cuillé holds a doctorate in Literature and the Arts from the Ecole Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines. His area of specialization is 19th-21st century French literature, particularly the relationship between poetry, religion,science, and the visual arts.

Cuillé has authored several articles on French poetry and is completing a second book-length project: L’Accélération du monde: littérature et vitesse (The Acceleration of the World: Literature and Speed). His current research is situated at the nexus of military history, art history, philosophy, and literature and focuses on the “ideology of speed,” which was debated among early-20th-century avant-garde poets.

Cuillé is also the founder of the "Centre Francophone" in St Louis.


Alexandre Dubé, the 2011–2012 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research fellow, is currently a professor of history at Washington University University in St. Louis. Since receiving his Ph.D. in history from McGill University in 2010, Mr. Dubé has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre d’études nord-américaines, part of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. His book manuscript is entitled “Les biens publics: Culture politique de la Louisiane Française, 1730–1770”—”The Common Goods: Political Culture in French Louisiana, 1730–1770.” During his fellowship year, he plans to complete additional research in the New Orleans archives and to extend his study back in time to the 1720s, when the French established that city and took control of lower Louisiana. His principal objective, however, is to revise his dissertation into an English-language book that will speak to North American scholars of New France and of the British colonies, as well as to scholars of ancient regime France. Currently, histories of the north American French colonies and of the metropolitan political culture run on parallel tracks, occasionally referring to each other but rarely intersecting in substantive considerations of the two together. Mr. Dubé uses the Louisiana Affair of 1759, a political and economic scandal in New Orleans that reverberated in the administrative halls of Versailles for the next decade, as an entrée to analyze the material ties that connected colony and metropole within a French Atlantic state. He places “objects,” both goods and documents, at the center of his study. By tracking transatlantic networks of commodities and people and establishing experiences, expectations, and exigencies on the ground, “The Common Goods” reveals the concrete functioning of the state in colonial circumstances and the shaping of political culture shared in by rulers and ruled in metropole and colony.


Fred Fausz (Ph.D., William and Mary) is a history professor and former honors college dean at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he specializes in Colonial American ethnohistory and fur trade frontiers. Two of his many essays have won "best article of the year" awards from historical societies in Virginia and Missouri. During the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial, he drove his "fur museum on wheels" 13,000 miles to deliver show-and-tell lectures to rural towns in four states and has exhibited his extensive artifact collection in major museums. He was the program chair for the 9th North American Fur Trade Conference and received the 2007 Missouri Governor's Award in the Humanities for Enhancing Community Heritage. In 2009 he was elected president of The Center for French Colonial Studies and is completing a book on the 1622 Virginia Massacre.


William E. (Bill) Foley is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Central Missouri.  His books include The First Chouteaus: River Barons of Early St. Louis, coauthored with David Rice, The Genesis of Missouri: From Wilderness Outpost to Statehood, Wilderness Journey: The Life of William Clark, and An Account of Upper Louisiana by Nicolas de Finiels, credited with Carl Ekberg.






Jay Gitlin, Lecturer History & Associate Director Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers & Borders

Jay Gitlin received his BA and PhD at Yale. His work focuses on the history of the French in the Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes. He is currently working on The Rise and Fall of Modern Shopping.  The Bourgeois Frontier: French Towns, French Traders & American Expansion was published in 2010 by Yale University Press and won the 2010 Alf Andrew Heggoy Prize for the best book in French colonial history from the French Colonial Historical Society.  He has published numerous articles and contributed chapters to the Oxford History of the American West (Oxford, 1994) and The Louisiana Purchase and the Emergence of the American Empire (Congressional Quarterly, 2003). He is also co-editor and co-author of Under an Open Sky: Rethinking America’s Western Past (W.W. Norton, 1992).

Gitlin teaches courses on American Indian history, the history of the American West, Canadian history, and the suburbanization of America.


John Neal Hoover, Director of the St. Louis Mercantile Library and Associate Director of Libraries for Special Collections at UMSL, is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds advanced degrees from the University of Missouri and Southern Illinois University. Author of many articles and reviews, Hoover has lectured widely on American Western studies, bibliography and rare book librarianship. He is currently editing the papers of two symposia on St. Louis cultural history that he developed for the Mercantile Library.



Peter Kastor has taught numerous courses on the presidency, ranging from freshman programs to senior seminars. He is currently teaching a lecture course titled “Americans and their Presidents.” These courses all seek to situate the presidency in broad context, both historical and cultural. Examining the institution from George Washington through Barack Obama, Kastor’s courses explain not only how the presidency operates, but also how Americans situate the presidency within national life. 

“My goal is to think beyond the voting behavior, campaign strategies and policymaking objectives that are of greatest interest to politicians, pundits and political scientists alike,” says Kastor, who is also a professor of American culture studies and director of undergraduate studies in history.

“Instead, I want to explore how Americans understand the presidency and how the institution of president and vice president define the way we understand ourselves. That process means not only thinking about average voters, but also the ways those assumptions inform how those politicians, pundits and political scientists approach the challenge of analyzing the presidency.” 

In addition to his teaching interests, Kastor’s scholarly research examines the creation and growth of American political institutions during the early American republic, with a particular focus on how the practicalities of governance shaped the ways Americans understand politics, citizenship and culture. 

John Lawrence is Director of Museum Programs at the Historic New Orleans Collection, where his is responsible for planning and implementing museum exhibitions, lectures, seminars, and related activities.  He is also the head of Curatorial Collections, having oversight of pictorial and object holdings numbering in excess of 300,000 items. 

In his 38 year career at the Historic New Orleans Collection, the New Orleans native has held the positions of Curator of Photographs and Senior Curator.  Lawrence has written and lectured widely about aspects of contemporary and historic photography, and the administration and preservation of pictorial collections.  He has served as principal or guest curator for dozens of exhibitions on a variety of photographic, artistic, and general historical topics.  Lawrence headed the team at The Historic New Orleans Collection which was responsible for the editing of the catalogue and the installation of the exhibition, The Threads of Memory:  Spain and the United States (2011).  With Gilles-Antoine Langlois of the Ecole Superiere d’Architecture, he curated and provided a catalogue essay for Seeking the Unknown:  Natural History Observations in Louisiana, 1698-1840 (2013).

Lawrence holds degrees in Literature and Art History from Vassar College (1975), and a certificate in museum management from the Getty Leadership Institute, formerly the Museum Management Institute (1993).


Karen Marrero received her PhD in History from Yale University in 2011.  She has held fellowships at the Newberry Library and the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan, where she was the 2012 Earhart Foundation on American History Post-Doctoral Fellow.  She is also the President of the Center for French Colonial Studies.  Karen is a comparative and transnational historian of the United States and Canada, with research interests covering interactions between seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth-century Native and Euro Americans in the Great Lakes.  Her chapter “On the Edge of the West: The Routes and Roots of Detroit’s Urban Eighteenth Century” was published in Frontier Cities: Encounters at the Crossroads of Empires (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013).  A chapter titled “Women at the Crossroads: Trade, Mobility, and Power in Early French America and Detroit,” is forthcoming in the book Women in Early America: Transnational Histories, Rethinking Master Narratives (New York: New York University Press).  She has delivered papers at conferences of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, French Colonial Historical Society, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Ethnohistory, and Organization of American Historians.



Katherine Mooney earned her PhD in history at Yale in 2012 and is presently a postdoctoral fellow in American cultural history at Washington University in St. Louis. Her book, Ruined By This Miserable War, was published in 2013, and her forthcoming book on horse racing in nineteenth-century America, will be available in April 2014.


Robert J. Moore, Jr., has cultivated a rich background in history, art, and film. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University, a master's degree in history from Washington University in St. Louis, and is currently completing the requirements for a Ph.D. in history at the latter institution. Since 1991 he has been the National Park Service historian at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis.

Born and raised in Oriskany, New York, Moore has work for the National Park Service for more than twenty years, in such diverse locations as Saratoga, Yorktown, Morristown, Gettysburg, and Sagamore Hill. His scholarly interests include the history of America's westward expansion, art and motion picture history, American Indians, conservation, the progressive Era, and Presidential history. He lives in St. Louis with his wife, Susan, and two daughters.


Robert Morrissey specializes in the history of early America and the Atlantic world, American frontier and borderlands history, ethnohistory, and environmental history.  He is completing a first book on the French colonists and Native peoples of the Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes in the 17th and 18th centuries.  The book is entitled, "Empire by Collaboration: Communities, Identities, and Power in the Illinois Borderlands, 1600-1785."  It will appear in the Early American Studies Series from University of Pennsylvania Press.  Before arriving at Illinois in 2011, he taught at University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and at Lake Forest College.  He earned his  M.Phil, and PhD, at Yale University and his BA at Carleton College, Northfield MN.



Lawrence N. Powell, emeritus holder of the James H. Clark Endowed Chair in American Civilization, Lawrence N. Powell taught history at Tulane University from 1978 until his retirement in June 2012. From 2000 to 2005 he was the Director of the Tulane/Xavier National Center for the Urban Community. From 2010 to 2012 he directed the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane.  His most recent book is The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans (Harvard, 2012). Other publications include Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, the Holocaust, and David Duke’s Louisiana (UNC, 2000), New Masters: Northern Planters During the Civil War and Reconstruction (Yale, 1980; Fordham, 1999), and George Washington Cable’s New Orleans (LSU Press, 2008).  Several of his books have won prizes.  He has also edited several volumes, and contributed introductions to still others.  A former Guggenheim Fellow, in 2008 he was elected as a Fellow in the Society of American Historians in recognition of literary distinction in the writing of history.  In 1999 he was named Louisiana Humanist of the Year.