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Dr. Paul Wilson

Title: Professor, Department Head
Department: History & Geography
Email: paul.wilson@nicholls.edu
Office Phone: 985-448-4463
Office Location: 207 Peltier Hall

Education:

Ph.D., Mississippi State University, 1997
M.A., Mississippi State University, 1991
B.A., Nicholls State University (Louisiana), cum laude, 1987

Courses:

Europe: 1914-1945; Hitler and Nazi Germany
World War II
World History I
World History II
Nineteenth Century Europe
The History of Communism

Bio:

I was born and raised in Thibodaux, Louisiana. I graduated from Thibodaux High in 1983, I earned a bachelor’s degree in history from NIcholls in 1987 and a Ph.D. in history from Mississippi State in 1997. I have taught at Nicholls since 1997, and I am currently a Professor of History and Department Head of History and Geography. I’m married and have two daughters.

Accomplishments:

“Shipbuilding on the Bayou in the Age of Big Oil: The Shipyards of Southeast Louisiana,” Journal of Southern Studies (Spring/Summer 2017).

“South Mobile County,” Paul Wilson et al, in Gulf Coast Communities and the Fabrication and Shipbuilding Industry: A Comparative Study. Volume II Community Profiles. Eds., Diane Austin and Drexel Woodson. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, LA. OCS Study BOEM 2014.

“Southeast Jackson County,” Paul Wilson et al, in Gulf Coast Communities and the Fabrication and Shipbuilding Industry: A Comparative Study. Volume II Community Profiles. Eds., Diane Austin and Drexel Woodson. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, LA. OCS Study BOEM 2014.

“Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes”, Paul Wilson et al, in Gulf Coast Communities and the Fabrication and Shipbuilding Industry: A Comparative Study. Volume II Community Profiles. Eds., Diane Austin and Drexel Woodson. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, LA. OCS Study BOEM 2014.

“East St. Mary Parish”, Paul Wilson et al, in Gulf Coast Communities and the Fabrication and Shipbuilding Industry: A Comparative Study. Volume II Community Profiles. Eds., Diane Austin and Drexel Woodson. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, LA. OCS Study BOEM 2014.
Study Guide. Western Civilizations: Their History and Their Culture. Volumes I and II.
Coauthored with Margaret Minor (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2004; revised 2009)

Study Guide. Western Civilizations: Their History and Their Culture. Second Brief Edition, Volumes I and II. Coauthored with Margaret Minor (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2004, revised 2009)

The 1919 Chicago Riots, The Watts Riots, and The Crown Heights Riot, in Stanley Kutler, ed., Dictionary of American History (2003).

Bayard Rustin, Saudi Arabia, and Sammy the Pimp, in Robert L. Jenkins and Mfanya Donald
Tryman, eds., The Encyclopedia of Malcolm X (2002).

Himmler’s Cavalry: The Equestrian SS, 1930-1945 (Atglen PA: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.,
2000).

The Watts Riot, in Lloyd Chaisson ed., Three Centuries of American Media (1998).

Grants

Co-Principal Investigator (with Andrew Simoncelli and Lance Arnold), “Enhancing Electronic News Gathering for Students of Mass Communication and History.” State of Louisiana Board of Regents LEQSF Grant, 2014-2015 ($88,650)

Researcher, “Gulf Coast Communities and the Fabrication and Shipbuilding Industry: A
Comparative Community Study”, United States Minerals Management Service, 2006-09
($600,000)

Principal Investigator, Teaching American History, Lafourche Parish School Board (through a United States Department of Education Grant), 2010-2011, ($14,763, unfunded, Congress ended the Teaching American History Program).

Principal Investigator, “Respecting Cold War Boundaries” Louisiana Endowment for the
Humanities, 2008 (unfunded)

Principal Investigator, Teaching American History Grant. United States Department of
Education, 2004-2007 ($952,172)

Teaching American History, Principal Investigator. United States Department of Education,
2003-2004 ($842,644)

Grant Coordinator, Education Enhancement Grant, Louisiana Department of Education,
2003-2004 ($182,176)

“Hitler’s Holocaust in History, Literature and Film.” Summer Teacher Institute sponsored by the
Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. July 2003 ($27,837)

Research Grant, Faculty Research Council, Nicholls State University, 1998 ($3,498)
Conferences and Presentations (Scholarly)

“The Paradigm Shift from a Traditional Face-to-Face Semester to a Condensed Online Semester,” with Dr. Andrew Simoncelli,” World eLearning Conference, New Orleans, November 2019.

Shipbuilding on the Bayou: Lafourche Parish Shipyards in the Age of Big Oil, Louisiana Historical Association Annual Meeting, March 2014.

Adjusting to the “New Normal”: Higher Education Budget Cuts and History Programs in
Louisiana’s Public Universities, a Roundtable, Panelist, Louisiana Historical Association
Annual Meeting, March 2013

Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi in the Post World War II Era, Gulf South History and
Humanities Conference, Gulfport, Mississippi, November, 2010.

Ties that Bind: The Equestrian SS and the Nuremberg Trials, Southern Historical Association, Birmingham, Alabama, Fall 2006

The Chicago Defender, Nazi Germany and World War II, Gulf South History and Humanities
Conference, October, 2004.

Panel Discussant, “European Anti-Government Tradition, Southwestern Social Science
Association, Corpus Christi, Spring 1998

The Chicago Defender and the Double V Campaign, Southwestern Social Science Association, New Orleans, Spring 1997

Das Schwarze Korps and the Equestrian SS, Southwestern Social Science Association, San Antonio, Spring 1994

The Equestrian SS and the Nuremberg Trials, Southwestern Social Science Association, New Orleans, Spring 1993

Book Reviews

Fegelein’s Horsemen and Genocidal Warfare: The SS Cavalry Brigade in the Soviet Union. Henning Peiper. Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Fall 2017), 320-22.

Grantland Rice and His Heroes: The Sportswriter as Mythmaker in the 1920s, by Mark Inabinett. Journal of Mississippi History, LVIII (Winter 1996) pp. 417-18.

The Color Line, by John Hope Franklin. Journal of Mississippi History, LVI (May 1994) pp.
160-61.