Terry Seip

Associate Professor Emeritus of History


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

    • 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
  • 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.

  • Book

    • 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.
    • 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
  • 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