Gary Joiner, Ph.D., is a military historian, cartographer and author who has authored, co-authored or edited more than two dozen books. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and geography and a master’s degree in history from Louisiana Tech University and a doctorate in history from St. Martin’s College, Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. His first book was One Damn Blunder from Beginning to End, the Red River Campaign of 1864, which won two national history book honors. Gary is chairman of the Department of History and Social Sciences at LSU in Shreveport where he is the Leonard and Mary Anne Selber Professor of History and serves as director of the Red River Regional Studies Center and the Strategy Alternatives Consortium.
Dr. Joiner owns a cartography firm, Precision Cartographics, which provides consulting services on demographic, historic resources, geographic and archaeological matters. He is often called as an expert witness on these matters. In addition to speaking at history conferences and programs locally and across the nation, he has appeared as a history expert numerous times on Louisiana Public Broadcasting and has appeared on The History Channel, MSNCB , Fox and HG TV. He is also a commentator on Red River Radio, public radio network, and developed an exclusive book of his commentaries, “History Matters,” as a fundraiser for the public radio network. He has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally for his research, writing and historic preservation efforts.
From a community perspective, Dr. Joiner has been closely involved in historic organizations and issues related to our community and state. Among his affiliations are Spring Street Museum, Oakland Cemetery Association, Friends of the Mansfield Battlefield, North Louisiana Civil War Round Table, and Red River Radio Advisory Board, to name only a few. He has also served on the Louisiana Civil War Sesquicentennial Task Force and the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission. Gary was recently appointed to the City of Shreveport’s Historic Preservation Commission.