Dr. Laver's Faculty Page

Harry Laver

Position: Professor and Graduate Coordinator

Fields of Study: US Military History, American Civil War, Military Leadership

Classes usually taught: US History Surveys; US Military History to 1865; US Military History since 1865; The American Civil War; The American Frontier; Graduate Seminar in Southern History, Graduate Seminar in American Military History

Office Room number: Fayard 335A

Office phone number: 985 549-5385

E-mail: hlaver@southeastern.edu

Faculty web page: http://www.selu.edu/Academics/Faculty/hlaver

Education: BA in Zoology, Univ. of NC-Chapel Hill (1983); MA in History, Univ. of NC-Charlotte (1992); Ph.D. in History, Univ. of KY (1998)


  • Excellence in Research Award, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, 2012.
  • Fay Warren Reimers Endowed Professorship in the Humanities for Teaching Excellence, 2010-2013.
  • C. Howard Nichols Endowed Professorship in History, 2006-2009
  • Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, Department of the Army,1999.
  • Richard H. Collins Award for the best article appearing in The Kentucky Register, 1997.
  • Fellow, The David Library of the American Revolution, 1997.


  • "The Leadership of Ulysses S. Grant:  A General Who Will Fight."  University Press of Kentucky, 2012.
  • "The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell", co-edited with Jeffrey J. Matthews, University Press of Kentucky, 2008.
  • "Citizens More Than Soldiers: The Kentucky Militia and Society in the Early Republic", forthcoming, University of Nebraska Press, 2007.
  • “Preemption and the Evolution of America's Strategic Defense.” Parameters: U.S. Army War College Quarterly, XXXV (Summer 2005): 107-120.
  • “Refuge of Manhood: Masculinity and the Militia Experience,” in Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South, eds. Craig Thompson Friend and Lorri Glover, University of Georgia Press, 2004.
  • “Rethinking the Social Role of the Militia: Community Building in Antebellum Kentucky.” The Journal of Southern History, LXVIII (November 2002): 777-816.
  • “'Chimney Corner Constitutions': Democratization and its Limits in Frontier Kentucky.” The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 95 (Autumn 1997): 337-367.
  • Presentations:
  • "Learning the Art of Leadership:  The Making of Ulysses S. Grant," Leadership in War, Conflict, and Crises Conference, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 2011.
  • "Learning Leadership:  Training, Experience, and the Making of Ulysses S. Grant," Seventy-Seventh Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, Lexington, Virginia, 2010.
  • "Genesis of Command:  The Leadership Origins of Ulysses S. Grant," Fourth Annual Conference on the Civil War, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, 2009.
  • "The Turning Point of the Civil War:  The Battle of Shiloh and Ulysses S. Grant" Tenth Annual Scottish Association for the Study of America Conference, University of Dundee, Scotland, 2009.
  • “Refuge of Manhood: The Militia and Masculinity in the Early Republic” Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Washington, D.C., 2006.
  • Invited Participant: Fifty-Second Annual National Security Forum of the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama, 2005.
  • “'Lost Leader': The Life of Maury Gibert, USMA, 1902” Nineteenth Annual Ohio Valley History Conference, Richmond, Kentucky, 2003.
  • “'To Quell Any Insurrection': The Kentucky Militia in the Early Republic” Seventieth Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, Knoxville, Tennessee, 2003.
  • “'An Organized Cabal for Electioneering': Politics and the Kentucky Militia in the Early Republic” Twenty-first Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, Lexington, Kentucky, 1999.
  • “Civil Order, Community Order: Some Reflections on the Militia's Role in Nineteenth-Century Kentucky” Society for Military History Conference, University Park, Pennsylvania, 1999.
  • “'Chimney Corner Constitutions': Political Ideology and the Process of Democratization in Frontier Kentucky” Eighteenth Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, Nashville, Tennessee, 1996.