Administration and Staff


Lynn M. Maurer, Ph.D., Dean, Professor of Political Science

Dr. Maurer holds both the M.A. and the Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University. Her teaching areas focus on Western and Eastern Europe, women and international politics, democratization, and international conflict. Her political science research focuses on Spanish politics since the transition to democracy. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Otterbein University in Spanish. She holds a Certificate of International Relations from the University of Dijon, France. Her grants include a National Science Foundation ADVANCE IT-Catalyst Award project studying and promoting best university practices for the advancement of women faculty members in STEM. Before joining LU, she served as Dean and Chief Research Officer of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Indiana State University and Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Chair of the Political Science Department at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.


Rebecca Boone, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Professor of History

Rebecca Boone is a Professor of History at Lamar University. Dr. Boone teaches courses on the Renaissance and Reformation, Early Modern Europe, the French Revolution and Napoleon, the Atlantic World, Witchcraft and the Occult, Ancient Greece and Rome, and the History of Food, among others. Her Issues in World Cultures II course was cited as exemplary by the Center for Educational Policy Research. An intellectual and cultural historian, Rebecca researches the relationship between information and state power in the early modern world. Her books include War, Domination, and the Monarchy of France (Brill, 2007), Mercurino di Gattinara and the Creation of the Spanish Empire (Routledge, 2015), and Real Lives in the Sixteenth Century: A Global Perspective (Routledge, 2018). She is also the general editor of a five-book series on global history, Real Lives in Global Perspective. The Andrew Mellon Foundation recently awarded her a grant to develop a teaching module for the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative at MIT titled, “Parallel Lives: A Biographical Approach to Early Modern Architecture.”


Ms. Kathy Pierce, Executive Assistant  

Ms. Pierce is the Executive Assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Arts and Sciences.  She began working at Lamar University in 1992 as an Administrative Assistant for the Department of Nursing.  In 2003, she transferred to the Dean’s office.  While at Lamar, she has participated for several years on the Staff Advisory Council, and presently serves on the Texas State University System Staff Excellence Award Selection Committee. A lifetime resident of the Nederland and Beaumont area, Ms. Pierce is active in the LIVESTRONG Organization and Relay for Life.