History professor appointed to Oxford editorial board

Nov 15, 2016 | Liberal Arts

Oxford University Press announced recently the appointment of Louisiana Tech University history professor Dr. Stephen Webre to serve as a senior editor of its long-term online reference project, the “Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History.”
Dr. Stephen Webre

Dr. Stephen Webre

During his first three years on the project, Webre will be responsible for identifying potential topics for entries, as well as contributors to produce them.  Entries differ from those found in conventional encyclopedias in that “they are detailed, documented and intended for a specialist readership,” Webre said.  He will be in charge of recruiting entries related to the history of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Belize and Panama. In recommending the appointment, project editor-in-chief William H. Beezley of the University of Arizona stated that he looked forward to working with Webre, whom he described as “an outstanding Central America specialist.” According to Beezley the Oxford University Press’s online research encyclopedias incorporate many of the advantages of Wikipedia, including the flexibility and efficiency of electronic publishing. They differ, however, in that authors are recruited by the editors on the basis of demonstrated expertise, entries are subject to external peer review and the articles are signed. Commenting on his appointment as senior editor, Webre said, “I’m delighted to have been asked to participate in this exciting project, and I expect to learn a lot by working with Professor Beezley and the other highly accomplished members of the editorial board.” A member of the Louisiana Tech faculty since 1982, Stephen Webre holds a Ph.D. in Latin American history from Tulane University.  He is a specialist in Central American history and his publications include three books and numerous articles in scholarly journals.  Webre is a contributing editor of the Handbook of Latin American Studies and a corresponding member of the Guatemalan Academy of Geography and History.  At Louisiana Tech he holds the Garnie W. McGinty Chair in History and serves as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Written by Judith Roberts –