Dr. Laver's Faculty Page
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
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.
- "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.