Joshua Clegg Caffery, Director
Dr. Caffery joined the Center in Summer of 2018. He has worked as the English Department Chair at the Episcopal School of Acadiana and also as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. In 2013-2014, he spent a year as a Kluge Alan Lomax Fellow at the Library of Congress. He is the author of the book Traditional Music in Coastal Louisiana, a study of some of the area's earliest field recordings, and In the Creole Twilight, a collection of poetry, both on LSU Press. His work with vernacular music in the area has earned him Grammy nominations as both a musician and a producer. He also worked in the corporate world as a brand strategist and user experience researcher. He holds a Ph.D. in English and Folklore from the University of Louisiana. Read more about some of Caffery's recent work here.
John Sharp, Assistant Director for Research
John Sharp joined the Center staff in 2009, becoming Assistant Director for Research in 2012. An Alabama native, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University and a Masters of Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is a documentary filmmaker and folklorist. Sharp has implemented several field research projects, serves as the primary contact for the Archive of Cajun and Creole Folklore, assists in grant writing, works with film and video restoration and digitization, and films official Center for Louisiana Studies events. He is a member of Executive Committee of the Louisiana Folklore Society and has served as treasurer since 2010. He won the 2012 Louisiana Filmmaker award from Louisiana Economic Development for his film, Dancehalls of South Louisiana. Sharp also served as writer, producer and photographer for the documentary Water on Road, the story of Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, a small community made up entirely of members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and Houma Indian tribes.
Jennifer Ritter Guidry, Assistant Director for Programming and Special Projects
Jennifer Ritter Guidry holds a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has served as Assistant Director for the Programming and Special Projects Division (formerly the Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism) since 2003 and oversaw production for the UL Press for three years. Her research interests include indigenous Louisiana history and the impact of Americanization on various settlement groups in Louisiana. She also coordinates research and community programming, maintains a working relationship with the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism as well as its private sector partners, and participates in several presentations and demonstrations throughout the year. In addition, she supervises all material packaged from the archives for a greater audience in a multitude of formats, plans events and programs throughout the year, and conducts fieldwork for the archives.
Christopher Segura, Archivist
Chris Segura started at the Center for Louisiana Studies as an undergraduate intern in 2005 and became Archivist in 2011. He graduated from UL Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in 2008, is a founding member of Grammy-nominated Feufollet, and is a member of the Lafayette Rhythm Devils. He has recorded 10 albums with his two bands. Chris has an extensive knowledge of the Cajun music repertoire and the local musicians from years past. He has digitized approximately 5,000 hours of reel-to-reel tape, VHS, audio cassette, U-matic and Beta video tapes, LPs, DATs, etc., according to IASA standards and oversees all other digitization projects taking place at the ACCF. He produced five albums composed of archive material for Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, a world famous festival held in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Mary Karnath Duhé, Head of Production for University of Louisiana Press
Mary Karnath Duhé has been with the Center as a production and editorial assistant for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press since 2012. She is an alumnus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in history in 2009 and Master of Arts in public history in 2011. Duhé utilizes her experience in research and writing with her background in art and design to facilitate in the editing, layout, and design of UL Press publications.
Linda Garber, Administrative Coordinator
A Broussard, Louisiana, native, Linda Garber joined the Center for Louisiana Studies in November 2004. Her current post as Administrative Coordinator requires her to work closely with the Center’s director as well as most people’s first point of contact with the Center. She also serves as editorial assistant for Louisiana History journal. She earned an associate degree in General Studies from the University of Southwestern Louisiana while employed in various administrative and managerial capacities in the oilfield.