Carl A. Brasseaux is the Sagrera Family Memorial Professor of History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he is also director of the Center for Louisiana Studies, director of the Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism, and director of the Colonial Records Collection at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Brasseaux has been managing editor of Louisiana History for fifteen years. Since completing his doctorate at the Université de Paris in 1982, he has published more than thirty-five book-length volumes and over 100 scholarly articles on French North America. In 1994, the French government named Brasseaux a chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (established by Napoleon in 1809). A former University Distinguished Professor, Brasseaux was the 2003 Louisiana Writer of the Year (succeeding Ernest J. Gaines and James Lee Burke) and the 2005 Louisiana Humanist of the Year. He is a fellow of the Louisiana Historical Association and a recipient of the Kemper Williams Prize, the Robert L. Brown Prize, the Presidents' Memorial Award (Louisiana Historical Association), and the Louisiana Literary Award (runner-up). He was associate producer of Against the Tide: The Story of the Cajun People of Louisiana, a documentary which received the Best Documentary Award for the Year 2000 from the National Educational Telecommunications Association.