Louise Edwards-Simpson

Assistant Professor



All total, I have taught fourteen separate History, CORE, and Honors courses at St. Kate’s, each of which support the University’s liberal arts orientation to educate women to think more critically and inclusively about our nation’s past and present.

Over the course of my academic career, I see great continuity in terms of my teaching and research interests: analyzing how issues of gender, race, social class and geographic region play out in American history. Through the creation of new courses, receiving a major external grant, and other scholarly pursuits, my understanding of these interests has deepened.

Ph.D., American History
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1996

Bachelor of Arts, History and International Studies
Macalester College, St Paul, Minnesota, graduated with highest honors, 1985

Minnesota Campus Compact. (2013). President’s Civic Engagement Steward Award (for St Catherine University)

Travel grant to attend Summit “Ending Extreme Poverty: Working with the Poor,” at the Catholic University, Washington DC (2015).

Cultural Heritage Grant, “SCU Voices of Homelessness Minnesota Cultural Heritage Oral History Grant,”administered by Minnesota Historical Society, 2012–2013 (2013).

Faculty Research Grant, “SCU Voices of Homelessness ” (2012).

Curriculum Development Grant (2012).

Global Studies Course Award to Japan (2012).

Travel Grant to Japan (2012).

Oral Historian, Hilton National Catholic Sisters Week, 2013–Present

Edwards-Simpson, L. (2015). "Emcee and Panel Moderator." Launch of the St. Catherine University Voices of Homelessness Oral History Digital Archive

Edwards-Simpson, L. & Russell, L. (2015). "St. Kate's project puts spotlight on student homelessness." Minnesota Public Radio documentary, Mid-morning program

Edwards-Simpson, L. (2014). “Meta Perspectives on the Intersection between Homelessness and Higher Education: A Faculty-Student Collaborative Oral History Project.” Oral History Association Annual Meeting

Edwards-Simpson, L. (2014). “Engaging the St. Kate’s Voices of Homelessness Oral History Interviews: Firsthand Accounts of Housing Insecurity from within the St. Kate’s Campus Community." St. Catherine University Opening Faculty Staff Workshop

Edwards-Simpson, L. & Lesch, D. (2013). "Homelessness: The Intersection of Teaching and Scholarship at St. Catherine University." Upper Midwest Campus Compact Civic Engagement Summit

Edwards-Simpson, L. (2013). "This I believe: The Problem of Homelessness can be Eliminated." Minnesota Campus Compact Civic Engagement Summit