Dr. Stoner Named LSU Honors College Acting Dean
Beginning July 1, 2010 Dr. James R. Stoner will become Acting Dean of the LSU Honors College. Dr. Stoner will serve in this capacity during Dr. Nancy Clark’s research sabbatical dedicated to her new book “Africa 1800 to the Present: A History.”
“I’m very pleased that Jim has agreed to lead the college in my absence. He is a dedicated professor - to both the Honors College and the University - and I have every confidence that he will easily transition into this role, working to help continue our current success,” said Dr. Clark.
Dr. Stoner comes to the Honors College from the College of Arts and Sciences where he has served as Chair of the Political Science Department since 2007 and taught since 1988. He is the 2010 recipient of the Honors College Sternberg Professorship, having taught in the Honors College since 1993. Stoner is a widely published author including Common-Law Liberty: Rethinking American Constitutionalism (Kansas, 2003) and Common Law and Liberal Theory: Coke, Hobbes, and the Origins of American Constitutionalism (Kansas, 1992), as well as a number of articles and essays. Stoner is a Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey and a visiting fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University and also served from 2002 to 2006 on the National Council on the Humanities. Stoner received his A.B. from Middlebury College in Vermont and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.
On his new role Stoner said, “Having taught in the Honors College every year since my days as an assistant professor, I am deeply honored to be asked to hold the tiller while Dean Clark takes a well-earned sabbatical. The Honors College is a beacon of excellence, achievement, service, and devotion to learning at LSU, and I am committed to upholding this tradition in the face of current challenges.”