Xavier University NCF Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching Recipient 2021

Sharlene Sinegal-DeCuir, PhD.

Associate Professor of History

Keller Endowed Professor

Chair, African American Diaspora Studies



Chair, African American Diaspora Studies, Xavier University of Louisiana, August 2023-


Chair, History Department, Xavier University of Louisiana, June 2020- August 2023

Associate Professor of History, Xavier University of Louisiana, August 2018 - Present


Ph.D. in History (2009) Louisiana State University 

M.A. History (2001) Louisiana State University 

B.A. History (1999) Xavier University of Louisiana 


“Forging A Path: Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson and LSU,” forthcoming book, LSU Press.

“Black Women: The Backbone of Democracy,” Book Chapter forthcoming. University of Florida Press.

 “70 Years Later: Creating Southern University’s First Law Class,” Louisiana Bar Journal, accepted submission.  

“Alexander Pierre Tureaud,” A People’s Guide to New Orleans, edited by Elizabeth Steeby and Lynnell Thomas, University of California Press, 2021.

“St. Augustine School,” A People’s Guide to New Orleans, edited by Elizabeth Steeby and Lynnell Thomas, University of California Press, 2021.

“Recalling Dr. King’s Legacy in the Age of Trump,” New Orleans Data News Weekly, January 17, 2019. 


PUBLIC HISTORY Exhibits and interviews 

“The Erasure and Banning of African American History,” History Heals Podcast Interview, September 2023.

“History Matters,” The Network Podcast, August 2023.

“White Washing History: The Erasure of African American History,” WBOK Interview, February, 2023

“The Legacy of Marcus Garvey,” WGNO Interview, June 11, 2022.

“Uncovering the Myth of Uncle Tom,” WBOK Interview February, 2022

“Homer Plessy receives pardon 130 years later,” Louisiana Weekly Interview, December 13, 2021.

 “What is Juneteenth” WGNO Interview, June 16, 2021.

“Juneteenth” Straight Arrow News. Interview, June 11, 2021.

“Xavier Investigative Stories Program,” Interview, March 12, 2021.

“Louisiana Black Churches: The Politics of Perseverance,” Louisiana Public Broadcast (LPB) Interview, March 9, 2021.

“The Black Church: This Is Our Story. This Is Our Song,” Louisiana Public Broadcast and Public Broadcast System (PBS), Panel Discussion, February 2021.

“Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement,” WBOK Interview, February 2021.

“The Importance of Studying History and The American Coup.” Carter The Accountant Podcast, 2 Part Series, January 19, 2021.

“American Coup,” MSNBC Podcast Into America, January 14, 2021.

“The History of Systematic Racism in America,” News Not Noise with Jessica Yelling Interview, June 11, 2020.


“New Storytellers Retreat,” University of Nebraska, Lincoln, April 2022.

“Higher Ed. Symposium on AP African American Studies,” College Board; Washington D.C., March 2022.

“Xavier Story,” Xavier University of Louisiana, Xavier Story website, 2018-2019. 

“Benjamin Franklin: A Biography by Ken Burns,” The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Proposal Reviewer, June 18, 2018. 

“Journey to a Promised Land: A Story of the Exodusters,” Content Consultant for North Star Editions and Jolly Fish Press, May 25, 2018. 

“Our Great States: What’s Great About Louisiana,” Content Consultant for Lerner Publishing Group, Inc. 2015. 


“Navigating the Ivory Tower: New Faculty,” Xavier University of Louisiana, Center for Advancement of Teaching, November 2023

“Insurrections and Uprisings from enslavement to Black Power to Black Lives Matter,” Metairie Park Country Day School; Metairie, Louisiana, October 2023

“We Need to Talk: Understanding the History of Trauma in BIPOC Communities,” ABSCI Elevate; Vancouver, Washington, February, 2023

“Critical Race Theory: Race Equality, Education and Health,” National Institute of Health All of Us Research Program, Webinar Panel, February, 2023

“Medical Mistrust in the African American Community,” Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy, Health Interprofessional Education Seminar, February23, 2022.

“Contested Voting Rights in a Contemporary World,” Webinar, Xavier University of Louisiana, January 17, 2022.

“Narrative Shifts in History: Who’s Telling the Story,” 17th Annual Louisiana Creole Research Association Conference, December 4, 2021.

“We Need to Talk: Understanding the Historic Legacies of Race and Trauma in America.” Spring Speaker Series, Springfield College, Massachusetts, April 20, 2021.

The Struggle was Real: The 1960s New Orleans Civil Rights Movement,” Friends of the Cabildo 7th Annual Symposium, December 12, 2020.  

“Race and Democracy: A Conversation on the 2020 Election,” Meek-Eaton Center for Social and Political Justice, Panelist, December 1, 2020.



“Today’s News: The Changing Role of Black Press in Louisiana Life,” Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Webinar Panel Moderator, May 1, 2022.

“Black Women: The Backbone of Democracy,” Organization of American Historians, October 2022.

“Changing Narrative about Civil War and Reconstruction,” Louisiana Anthology Podcast, September 2022.

“From Plessy v. Ferguson to Plessy & Ferguson,” American Historical Association, January 8, 2022.

“Pipeline Programs Between HBCU and R1: Why They Matter,” American Historical Association, January 7, 2022.

“Narrative Shifts in History: Who is Telling the Stories,” Louisiana Creole Association, December 2021.  

“Handling Hard Histories,” Southeastern Museums Conference, October 2021.

“The Black Family: Representation, Identity, Diversity,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Panel Moderator, April 2021

“Current Affairs in America,” American Historic Association, Committee on Minority Historians, January 18, 2021.

“How to Say Yes and When to Say No: Navigating Service Work,” American Historic Association, January 4, 2020. 

Children and Youth in Louisiana’s Civil Rights Movements,” Southern Conference on African American Studies. Inc., February 2019. 

“The Second “V”: WWII Veterans and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” Symposium WWII Museum Pelican State Goes to War, April 19, 2018. 

SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS                                                                 

Norman C. Francis Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching, Recipient

U. S. Civil Rights Cold Case Review Board, Nominee

Supreme Court of Louisiana Historic Society, Board Member

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Board Member 

Louisiana Civil Rights Trail, Committee Member

American Historic Association, Chair, Nominating

American Historic Association, Committee on Minority Historians

Louisiana Women’s Forum/ International Women’s Forum, Member

The Helis Foundation John Scott Center, Committee Chair

New Orleans Parish School Board, Historian Review Committee Member

Andrew Mellon Grant, Primary Investigator

U.S. Race and Law, Mellon Advisory Committee

Xavier University Board of Trustees, Faculty Representative

Xavier University of Louisiana Faculty Association Vice President

Xavier University of Louisiana Faculty Association President