About Me


Liz Skilton is an Assistant Professor of History and holds the J.J. Burdin M.D. and Helen B. Burdin/Board of Regents Endowed Professorship in Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Skilton specializes in the history of disaster and human response to it. Her research has been featured in venues like National Geographic and The Washington Post.

Skilton received her Ph.D. in History from Tulane University in 2013, an M.A. in History from Tulane University in 2010, and B.A. in History and Sociology from Case Western Reserve University in 2007.

In the past she has served as the co-founder and co-director of the Guilbeau Center for Public History, program chair for the 2017 Louisiana Historical Association Conference and the co-organizer for THATCamp Louisiana, as well as a 2016-2017 Louisiana Sea Grant LaDIA Fellow. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Louisiana Board of Regents, and Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

Presently, she serves as part of the research faculty at the Guilbeau Center for Public History, Institute for Coastal & Water Research (ICaWR), the Louisiana Watershed Flood Center, and the Center for Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and as part of grant research teams studying the impact of disaster on Louisiana. She is co-author of the textbook, The Louisiana Experience (2016), and author of the new book, Tempest: Hurricane Naming & American Culture (LSU Press, 2019).

To view some of Skilton's most recent work, check out the links below.

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Tempest: Hurricane Naming and American Culture

Book, LSU Press, released June 1, 2019. (Available here)

“Disasters Have Histories”: Teaching And Researching American Disasters

Co-Authored Article, The American Historian, February 2018. (Available here)



Gendering Natural Disaster: The Battle Over Female Hurricane Names

Article, Journal of Women’s History, Fall 2018. (Available here)

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History Lost? Saving Louisiana’s Archival Heritage Workshop Report and Recommendations for Future Actions

Co-Authored Report, Louisiana History, Fall 2018. (Available here)