A Passion for History

General Biography

Gary Joiner grew up in Farmerville, La., the only child of Rudy and Dillard Joiner. As a small boy visiting Civil War battlefields, he was inspired to learn more about history and, while he did not know what a historian was at that time, he considered that to be his ultimate career goal. Following graduation from high school, he attended Louisiana Tech University, earning a bachelor’s degree with a double major in history and geography. He earned a master’s degree from the same institution, focusing on military history. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy Degree from St. Martin’s College, Lancaster, England. For more, click here.

Gary JoinerAcademic Curriculum Vitae

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Gary is married and lives in Shreveport with his wife, Marilyn. They are parents of a daughter and proud grandparents of a granddaughter.

Gary & Marilyn

Dr. Gary Joiner


  • Native of Farmerville, La.
  • Resident of Shreveport, La.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in History and Geography
  • Master’s Degree in History, emphasis on Military History
  • Ph.D. in History
  • Chair, Department of History and Social Sciences, LSU in Shreveport
  • Director, Red River Regional Studies Center, LSU in Shreveport
  • Owner, Precision Cartographics
  • Historian, Author and Cartographer