04 December 2019

Dr. Mark Atwood Lawrence, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin, was recently named the sixth director of the LBJ Presidential Library—a position he will assume on January 5, 2020. David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, noted in the announcement of Dr. Lawrence’s selection, that his “extensive knowledge of the 1960s, proven scholarship, and experience in museum design and planning” make Dr. Lawrence “uniquely qualified to lead this Library and Museum."

Dr. Lawrence’s appointment follows a distinguished 18-year tenure as a history professor at the University of Texas at Austin specializing in American politics and diplomacy. Dr. Lawrence has also served in advisory and leadership positions for various museums and historical societies including the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio. 

Dr. Lawrence has authored two books: The Vietnam War: A Concise International History and Assuming the Burden: Europe and the American Commitment to War in Vietnam, and has also co-edited a collection of essays titled The First Vietnam War: Colonial Conflict and Cold War Crisis, and has edited or co-edited several other publications and has authored several op-eds for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the Austin American Statesman. Dr. Lawrence has won numerous awards, including two from the American Historical Association for his first book. In 2005 he was awarded the President’s Associates' Award for Teaching Excellence at UT-Austin, and in 2019 he won the Silver Spurs Centennial Teaching Fellowship from UT-Austin's College of Liberal Arts.