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Jonathan Earle Ph.D.

Jonathan Earle, Ph.D.

Roger Hadfield Ogden Dean

307 French House
Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge , LA 70803
Office Phone: (225) 578-2735


  1. Princeton University, MA and Ph.D., History
  2. Columbia University, BA, History (magna cum laude)


Dr. Earle joined the LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College as dean in 2014. Under his leadership, the Ogden Honors College received a $12 million naming gift from New Orleans philanthropist Roger Ogden, fully renovated the French House, and increased the university’s financial and academic commitment to honors education.

A native of suburban Washington DC, Dr. Earle is a specialist in the history of the antebellum United States.  Educated at Columbia (BA) and Princeton (MA, Ph.D) Universities, he is the author of numerous books and articles including Jacksonian Antislavery and the Politics of Free Soil (UNC Press, 2004), winner of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic's 2005 Broussard prize and co-winner of the Byron Caldwell Smith Book Prize; John Brown's Raid: A Brief History With Documents (Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 2008); The Routledge Atlas of African American History (Routledge, 2000) and co-author of Major Problems in the Early American Republic (Cengage, 2007).  In 2013 the University Press of Kansas published his edited collection Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri: The Long Civil War on the Border, which was named a Notable Book by the Kansas State Library. Dr. Earle is currently working on a book on the election of 1860 for the Pivotal Moments in U.S. History Series published by Oxford University Press. 

Before coming to LSU, Dr. Earle was a longtime faculty member in the History Department at the University of Kansas, where he also served as Director of the University Honors Program and Associate Director of the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics.

In support of his research, Dr. Earle has received major  fellowships from the NEH and the American Council of Learned  Societies.  He spent the 2006-7 academic year as the Ray Allen Billington Chair in U.S. History at Occidental College and the Huntington Library and the 1999-2000 academic year as an NEH Fellow at the Huntington.  Earle has appeared on numerous programs and documentaries on the History Channel, C-SPAN, and PBS. The History News Network named him a Top Young Historian in 2007.