John C. Rodrigue


Professor Rodrigue joined Stonehill's faculty in 2007 as the Lawrence and Theresa Salameno Professor. He previously taught at Louisiana State University and was an editor on the Freedmen and Southern Society Project at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in from Emory University, under the direction of Prof. James L. Roark.

His teaching and research interests focus on nineteenth-century United States history, in particular the Civil War and Reconstruction era, slavery and emancipation, the U.S. South, and African-American history.

Prof. Rodrigue has most recently published Lincoln and Reconstruction, a volume in Southern Illinois University Press's Concise Lincoln Library series. He is currently working on a study of the abolition of slavery in the lower Mississippi valley during the Civil War, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press. In addition to working on a long-term project on the southern planters after the Civil War, he is also general editor of the college-level textbook, Louisiana: A History, published by Wiley

In 2016-17, Prof. Rodrigue served as president of the Louisiana Historical Association.


  • Ph.D. U.S. History (1993) Emory University
  • M.A. U.S. History (1986) Columbia University
  • B.A. History (1983) Rutgers University


  • Abolition and Proslavery Thought (HIS 335)
  • African American History (HIS 321)
  • American Civil War & Reconstruction (HIS 327)
  • From Jackson to Lincoln (HIS 324)
  • History of American Freedom (HIS 101/FYS 124)
  • Lincoln and His America (HIS 325)
  • United States History Seminar (HIS 330)