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Lauren Lassabe Shepherd

Instructor, School of Education, University of New Orleans

Lauren Lassabe Shepherd is a historian who studies the political history of the American academy, especially its relationship to the 20th century conservative movement. Shepherd’s first book, "Resistance from the Right: Conservatives and the Campus Wars" (University of North Carolina Press, 2023) traced how conservative activists shaped higher education policy, precedent, and law in the wake of 1960s antiwar and civil rights movements.

Shepherd was recently profiled in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as part of its Class of 2024 leading women in the field of higher education. Her work and commentary have been featured in BBC News, Sky News, Washington Post, The Atlantic, TIME Magazine, NPR, POLITICO, Vox, The Nation, Jacobin, Teen Vogue, The Daily Beast, Lapham’s Quarterly, and Contingent Magazine.

Shepherd is an instructor in the School of Education at the University of New Orleans and an IUPUI-Society for US Intellectual History Community Scholar.


  • 2020–present
    Instructor, University of New Orleans