Michael S. Martin, Director
Michael S. Martin is director of the Center for Louisiana Studies and holds the Cheryl Courrégé Burguières/Board of Regents Professorship in History at UL Lafayette. His research interests focus on 20th-century Louisiana, and his most recent publications include Russell Long: A Life in Politics (2014), Louisiana Legacies: Readings in the History of the Pelican State (as co-editor, 2013), Louisiana Beyond Black and White: Recent Interpretations of Twentieth-Century Race and Race Relations (as editor, 2011) and Historic Lafayette (2007). Martin is managing editor of the journal Louisiana History, published quarterly by the Louisiana Historical Association.
James D. Wilson, Associate Director for the UL Press
James Wilson is the Associate Director of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press. He holds a B.A. in Political Economy and History from Tulane University and graduate degrees in History from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and Cornell University. Wilson oversees all aspects related to author recruitment and book production at the Press. He is also an Adjunct Instructor in the UL Lafayette History department and Secretary-Treasurer of the Louisiana Historical Association.
John Sharp, Assistant Director for Research
John Sharp joined the Center staff in 2009, becoming Assistant Director for Research in 2012. An Alabama native, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University and a Masters of Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is a documentary filmmaker and folklorist. Sharp has implemented several field research projects, serves as the primary contact for the Archive of Cajun and Creole Folklore, assists in grant writing, works with film and video restoration and digitization, and films official Center for Louisiana Studies events. He is a member of Executive Committee of the Louisiana Folklore Society and has served as treasurer since 2010. He won the 2012 Louisiana Filmmaker award from Louisiana Economic Development for his film, Dancehalls of South Louisiana. Sharp also served as writer, producer and photographer for the documentary Water on Road, the story of Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, a small community made up entirely of members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and Houma Indian tribes.
Jennifer Ritter Guidry, Assistant Director for Programming and Special Projects
Jennifer Ritter Guidry holds a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has served as Assistant Director for the Programming and Special Projects Division (formerly the Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism) since 2003 and oversaw production for the UL Press for three years. Her research interests include indigenous Louisiana history and the impact of Americanization on various settlement groups in Louisiana. She also coordinates research and community programming, maintains a working relationship with the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism as well as its private sector partners, and participates in several presentations and demonstrations throughout the year. In addition, she supervises all material packaged from the archives for a greater audience in a multitude of formats, plans events and programs throughout the year, and conducts fieldwork for the archives.
Christopher Segura, Archivist
Chris Segura started at the Center for Louisiana Studies as an undergraduate intern in 2005 and became Archivist in 2011. He graduated from UL Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2008, is a founding member of Grammy-nominated Feufollet, and is a member of the Lafayette Rhythm Devils. He has recorded 10 albums with his two bands. Chris has an extensive knowledge of the Cajun music repertoire and the local musicians from years past. He has digitized approximately 5,000 hours of reel-to-reel tape, VHS, audio cassette, U-matic and Beta video tapes, LPs, DATs, etc., according to IASA standards and oversees all other digitization projects taking place at the ACCF. He produced five albums composed of archive material for Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, a world famous festival held in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Shermane M. Hector, Sales and Distribution Coordinator for the UL Press
Shermane Marie Hector joined the CLS staff in November 2017 as the Sales and Distribution Coordinator for the UL Press. A native of New Iberia, Louisiana, she is a graduate of New Iberia Senior High and currently resides in St. Martinville. She spent a decade and a half in various administrative roles in the oilfield before joining the University of Louisiana at Lafayette staff in 2015. Mother of one son, Cody, she enjoys reading and shopping, and spends much of her free time helping others through her volunteer work at the VA Clinic, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Boys and Girls Club. At UL Press, she handles all sales, distribution, and accounting.
Mary Karnath Duhé, Production/Editorial Assistant for the UL Press
Mary Karnath Duhé has been with the Center as a production and editorial assistant for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press since 2012. She is an alumnus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in history in 2009 and Master of Arts in public history in 2011. Duhé utilizes her experience in research and writing with her background in art and design to facilitate in the editing, layout, and design of UL Press publications.
Linda Garber, Administrative Coordinator
A Broussard, Louisiana, native, Linda Garber joined the Center for Louisiana Studies in November 2004. Her current post as Administrative Coordinator requires her to work closely with the Center’s director as well as most people’s first point of contact with the Center. She also serves as editorial assistant for Louisiana History journal. She earned an associate degree in General Studies from the University of Southwestern Louisiana while employed in various administrative and managerial capacities in the oilfield.