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Terry Lee Seip

Associate Professor Emeritus of History

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-1657
Office: SOS 153



Ph.D. History, Louisiana State University, 1/1974
M.A. History, Lousiana State University, 1/1970
B.A. History, Kansas State University, 1/1967

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 01/01/1981-  
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 01/01/1974-01/01/1981  
Instructor, History Department, Louisiana State University, 01/01/1973  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Seip is a student of the American South and 19th century America with research interests in the Middle Period. He is currently finishing a full biography of George E. Spencer (1836-1893), the prominent and notorious carpetbagger who represented Alabama in the U.S. Senate from 1868 until 1879; Spencer is also a quintessential vehicle for exploring a generation of ambitious, enterprising, footloose young men constantly on the outlook for the main chance.



Seip, T. L. "The Carpetbag Experience: George E. Spencer of Alabama, 1836-1893".
Seip, T. L. (1983). The South Returns to Congress: Men, Economic Measures, and Intersectional Relationships, 1868-1879, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1983. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press.

Book Review

Seip, T. L. (2006). Review of Thomas Upchurch, Legislating Racism: The Billion Dollar Congress and the Birth of Jim Crow (2004). Journal of Southern History. pp. 202-204.

Encyclopedia Article

Seip, T. L. (2006). "Electoral Commission of 1877" and "Hugh McCulloch". (RIchard Zuczek, Ed.). Greenwood Encyclopedia of the Reconstruction Era.
Seip, T. L. (1999). "Hugh McCulloch" and "George E. Spencer". (John A. Garraty, Ed.). 948-50, 448-49. Vol. XIV, XX. New York, NY: American National Biography.


Seip, T. L. (2007). "Mentoring: Teaching Assistants and Other Issues". AHA Perspectives.
Seip, T. L. (2004). "Getting Started" (Tips and Strategies for Teaching Assistants). American Historical Association Perspectives.


Seip, T. L. (1999). We Shall Gladly Teach, Preparing History Graduate Students for the Classroom, Washington: American Historical Association and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 1999. American Historical Association and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Honors and Awards

USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, Mortar Board, Honored Faculty Award, 2008-2009   
USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, USC Mellon Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring, 2007-2008   
USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, USC Parents Association, The Teaching and Mentoring Award for Experienced Faculty, 2006-2007   
USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, USC Parents Association; Teaching and Mentoring Recognition, 2005-2006   
USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, USC General Education Teaching Award, 1998-1999  
USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty Fellow, 1997-1999  
American Historical Association Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award for Undergraduate Teaching, 1997-1998  
USC Associates Award For Excellence In Teaching, 1990  
USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, Book Award for The South Returns to Congress, 1985-1986  
USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, USC Division of Social Sciences and Communication Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1981  

Service to the Profession

Professional Memberships

American Historical Association, 2008-2009   
Organization of American Historians, 2008-2009   
Society of Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 2008-2009   
Southern Historical Association, 2008-2009   
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