Karl A. Roider, Jr.

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Karl A. Roider, Jr. is the Louisiana State University, Thomas and Lillian Landrum Alumni Professor. Dr. Roider served as the Dean of LSU's College of Arts and Sciences from 1991-2000, at which time he returned to his role as a History professor.[1] His academic specialization is in the study of the Balkans, his books include a biography of Maria Theresa of Austria.


Ada High School, 1961
A.B. Yale University 1965
M.A. Stanford University 1966
Ph.D. Stanford University 1970[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Thomas and Lillian Landrum Alumni Professor of History
  • Younger Humanist Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Fulbright Scholar
  • American Philosophical Society scholar[2]
  • Ada Schools, Hall of Honor[3]

Notable Articles[edit]

Forewords to:

  • Ella Schneider Hilton, Displaced Person: A Girl's Life in Russia, Germany, and America (LSU Press, 2004)
  • E.M. Forster, ed., The Turkish Letters of Ogiev Ghiselin de Busberg (LSU Press, 2005)


  • The Reluctant Ally: Austria’s Policy in the Austro-Turkish War, 1737-1739 (Louisiana State University Press, 1972)
  • Maria Theresa (Prentice-Hall, 1973—Editor)
  • Austria’s Eastern Question, 1700-1790 (Princeton University Press, 1982)
  • Baron Thugut and Austria’s Response to the French Revolution (Princeton University Press, 1987)