The University of Texas History Department today announced that William Roger Louis, Kerr Chair of English History and Culture, will be retiring from the University on August 31, 2020. “Please join me in congratulating Roger on his retirement and in celebrating his illustrious career here at UT and in the historical profession generally,” said Jacqueline Jones, History Department Chair.
Roger Louis has taught at UT for 50 years. He currently serves as Historical Adviser at the Harry Ransom Center. He is a past president of the American Historical Association. With William S. Livingston, in 1975 he created the Faculty Seminar on British Studies, which until recently has never cancelled or postponed a single Friday afternoon session. He edited twelve volumes of Adventures with Britannia, which collected outstanding lectures delivered to the seminar.
Among his other accomplishments: He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford History of the British Empire; and as a regular reviewer for the Wall Street Journal, Times Literary Supplement, and English Historical Review. He received
the Civitatis Award (presented by the UT President “in recognition of dedicated and meritorious service to the university above and beyond the regular expectations of teaching, research and service”).
During his tenure at UT he has served as President of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers; Chair of the Historical Advisory Committee, US Department of State; Senior Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center; Visiting Scholar, Brookings Institution; Kluge Chair, Library of Congress; and Commander of the British Empire (awarded by the Queen for professional achievement). He received the Benson Medal of the Royal Society of Literature, recipients of which include E.M. Forster, Philip Larkin, and Lytton Strachey. He also has been the Chichele Lecturer, All Souls College, Oxford.
“Roger, I know I speak for the History faculty, students, and staff in thanking you for your service at UT and in wishing you the best during this next chapter of your life,” Jones added.
(Republished from UT History Department release)
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