Title: Boyd Professor Emeritus
Company: Louisiana State University
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Dr. William James Cooper Jr., Boyd Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education and history.
A Boyd Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University since 2014, Dr. Cooper has accrued more than 40 years of professional excellence in his areas of expertise. Serving at Louisiana State University for the duration of his career, he rose through the ranks of success, first serving as an assistant professor of history before escalating to associate professor, dean of the Graduate School, professor, and Boyd Professor, serving in this capacity from 1989 until his retirement in 2014.
A renowned figure in his field, Dr. Cooper has lent his expertise to the University of Richmond, acting as a Douglas Southall Freeman Professor in 2000. In preparation for his illustrious career, he sought formal education, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in 1962 and a Doctor of Philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University in 1966.
A respected voice in his fields of interest, Dr. Cooper maintains affiliations with several industry-related organizations, including the Southern Historical Association, where he served as president in 2010, the Society of American Historians, where he was elected a fellow, the American Historical Association, and the Organization of American Historians.
To share his knowledge with his community, Dr. Cooper has authored, coauthored, and edited numerous books with respect to historical milestones. Most recently, he penned the novels “The Lost Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics,” published in 2017, and “We Have the War upon Us: The Onset of the Civil War November 1860 – April 1861,” published in 2012. In addition to contributing articles to professional journals, Dr. Cooper takes a particular interest in the history of the Civil War, the American South, and the politics of slavery.
In recognition of his exceptional accomplishments, Dr. Cooper has accrued several honors and accolades throughout his career, including the Jefferson Davis Award from the Museum of the Confederacy in 2000 and 2012. In addition, he was the recipient of the Prize for Biography from the Los Angeles Times in 2000, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1988 to 1989, a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation from 1980 to 1981, a fellowship from the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University from 1985 to 1976, and a fellowship from the Institute of Southern History at The Johns Hopkins University from 1971 to 1972. He was further named a Distinguished Research Master by Louisiana State University in 1980 and he has been named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who’s Who.
Becoming involved in his profession due to the profound influence from one of his undergraduate professors, David Donnell, Dr. Cooper considers the highlights of his career to have been his role of president of the Southern Historical Association and being named a Boyd Professor at Louisiana State University. Married to Patricia Holmes since 1962, Dr. Cooper has two children, William James III and Michael Holmes.
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