2020 Bizot Family Professor of History

Aram GoudsouzianCongratulations to Aram Goudsouzian, who has been named the Bizot Family Professor of History. This is the first-ever permanent named professorship in the Department of History at the University of Memphis.

Dr. Goudsouzian is the author of five books, including the award-winning Down to the Crossroads: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Meredith March Against Fear (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2014). His most recent book is The Men and the Moment: The Election of 1968 and the Rise of Partisan Politics in America (University of North Carolina Press, 2019).

He has served as both Chair of the Department of History, Director of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities and received the Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award in 2019.

The Bizot Family Professorship is due to the generosity of Emile Bizot, who graduated from Memphis State University in 1960 with a degree in History. Mr. Bizot is a retired financial adviser and a longtime member of the College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Advisory Board. He married Carole Morris in 1957 and their marriage of over 60 years produced two sons and four grandchildren.