Political consultant James Carville joins LSU faculty

Halen Doughty
Carville speaks at an LSU commencement ceremony.

In January, legendary political consultant James Carville will join the LSU family teaching in the political communication concentration in the Manship School of Mass Communication. His courses will include a seminar in contemporary political issues and a senior class examining coastal erosion.

Carville attended Ascension Catholic High School in Donaldsonville. Moreover, a graduate of LSU and the LSU Law Center, Carville is a member of the Manship School's Hall of Fame. He's had a long association with the school, frequently speaking on campus including acting as commencement speaker in 2015. Dean Jerry Ceppos said Carville epitomizes the mission of the Manship School.

“That mission is to teach and conduct research at the intersection of media and public affairs," Ceppos said, "James is a living example of that intersection.”

Carville has run political campaigns in more than 23 countries around the world. His most famous was for President Bill Clinton in 1992 when he served as senior political advisor. He also led Harris Wofford to a landslide victory in Pennsylvania's 1991 U.S. Senate race, overcoming his opponent's 40 percent lead.

Journalism has been taught on LSU's campus for more than a century. In 2015, the Manship School was deemed in "the ranks of the country's strongest programs" by a team of mass communication experts. Today, the school offers courses in communication, journalism, public relations, and digital advertising at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels.

Carville has taught at Tulane University in New Orleans for nine years. Ceppos said his work at the Manship School will be supported by philanthropic gifts.

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