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Suzanne Desan Desan
Vilas-Shinners Professor of History

Email: smdesan@wisc.edu
Phone: (608)262-8694
Office: 5124 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 5013 Mosse Humanities

Curriculum Vitae: View PDF

Office Hours: Mondays 4:00-5:00, Tuesdays 3:20-5:20, Fridays 2:15-3:15

Education: PhD: University of California - Berkeley; MA: University of California - Berkeley; BA: Princeton University

Bio Sketch:

My general field of study is early modern Europe, with a focus on early modern France and the French Revolution. My research and teaching interests include popular politics and political activism, especially during the French revolutionary and Napoleonic era; gender; family; the Enlightenment; the transnational circulation of ideas, people, and practices; early modern European popular culture and religion; historical methods and social theory.

Selected Publications:

  • The French Revolution in Global Perspective, co-edited with Lynn Hunt and William Nelson (Cornell University Press, 2013)
  • Family, Gender, and Law in Early Modern France, co-edited with Jeffrey Merrick, (Pennsylvania State University Press, forthcoming 2009)
  • The Family on Trial in Revolutionary France, (University of California Press, 2004)
  • Reclaiming the Sacred: Lay Religion and Popular Politics in Revolutionary France, (Cornell University Press, 1990)

History Courses Taught:

Lecture Courses:

  • History 119 - The Making of Modern Europe 1500-1815 - Syllabus 2014 (pdf)
  • History 320 - Early Modern France 1500-1715
  • History 352 - Eighteenth Century Europe - Syllabus 2011 (pdf)
  • History 358 - The Old Regime and French Revolution - Syllabus 2014 (pdf)
  • History 572 - Studies in European History

Undergraduate Seminars:

  • History 223 - Freshmen Seminar: "Society and Gender in Early Modern Europe"
  • History 283 - Honors Seminar: "Studies in History: French Culture, 1500-1800"; "European Enlightenment"
  • History 600 - Advanced Seminar in History - Topics: "French & English Views of Foreigners, 1700-1815 "; "Transatlantic Encounters in the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1815"; "Eighteenth-Century French Culture"; "The French Revolution" - Syllabus 2008 (pdf); "The European Enlightenment" - Syllabus 2008 (pdf); "Rights & Identity in Revolutionary Europe" - Syllabus 2009 (pdf); "Empire in the French Revolutionary Era" Syllabus 2011 (pdf); "Napoleon" Syllabus 2012 (pdf)
  • History 680/690 - Honors Thesis Colloquium

Graduate Courses:

  • History 703 - History and Theory - Syllabus 2010 (pdf)
  • History 707 - Early Modern European History, 1500-1789 - Topics: "Old Regime and French Revolution" Syllabus 2014 (pdf); "Society and Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe"
  • History 952 - Seminar in Comparative History: Gender, Race, and the Politics of Empire in the Transatlantic World, 1750-1850
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