LSU Shreveport Professor Named Editor of Major Reference Work
March 17, 2011LSU Shreveport political science Professor William D. Pederson is the editor of the first volume of a major reference work series on American presidents being launched this spring by Wiley-Blackwell, one of the world's foremost academic and professional publishers.
"A Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt," a 784-page hardcover book, showcases the work of 35 scholars from North America and Europe. Each chapter assesses what is known about aspects of Roosevelt's life, presidency and legacy as well as ongoing scholarly debates on each topic. The volume also suggests future research about FDR, who is the topic of more books than any other American president except Abraham Lincoln. It includes a comprehensive bibliography, photos, and an index.
Maurine H. Beasley, a biographer at the University of Maryland, describes the volume as a "masterful work of the Roosevelt era and an indispensible guide to FDR's career."
The reference work is Pederson's tenth book on Roosevelt. A recognized authority on the American presidency, Pederson organized the largest three-day international conference on Roosevelt held at LSU Shreveport in 1995, the 50-year anniversary of Roosevelt's death.
Pederson holds the American Studies Endowed Chair at LSU Shreveport, where he has taught the American presidency since 1981.
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