Suzanne Desan

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. My current book project examines the October Days uprising of 1789 during the French Revolution.


Education:

  • PhD - University of California - Berkeley
  • MA - University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Princeton University 

Books:

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The French Revolution in Global Perspective, co-edited with Lynn Hunt and William Nelson (Cornell University Press, 2013)  View Book Details

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Family, Gender, and Law in Early Modern France, co-edited with Jeffrey Merrick, (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2009)  View Book Details
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The Family on Trial in Revolutionary France, (University of California Press, 2004)  View Book Details
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Reclaiming the Sacred: Lay Religion and Popular Politics in Revolutionary France, (Cornell University Press, 1990)  View Book Details

Audio/Video Course:

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Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon (The Great Courses, 2016) View Course Details

Advisor To:

  • Kilian Harrer
  • Alice Main
  • Jillian Slaight

History Courses:

  • History 119 - The Making of Modern Europe 1500-1815 - Syllabus 2017 (pdf)
  • History 201 - The Historian's Craft: The French Revolution - Syllabus 2017 (pdf)
  • History 283 - Studies in History: French Culture, 1500-1800
  • History 283 - European Enlightenment
  • History 283 - Bodies, Rights, and Human Difference in the Enlightenment - Syllabus 2017 (pdf)
  • History 320 - Early Modern France 1500-1715 - Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
  • 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 History 223 - Freshmen Seminar: "Society and Gender in Early Modern Europe"
  • History 600 - French & English Views of Foreigners, 1700-1815
  • History 600 - Transatlantic Encounters in the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1815
  • History 600 - Eighteenth-Century French Culture
  • History 600 - The French Revolution - Syllabus 2008 (pdf)
  • History 600 - The European Enlightenment - Syllabus 2008 (pdf)
  • History 600 - Rights & Identity in Revolutionary Europe - Syllabus 2009 (pdf)
  • History 600 - Empire in the French Revolutionary Era - Syllabus 2011 (pdf)
  • History 600 - Napoleon - Syllabus 2012 (pdf)
  • History 600 - Marie-Antoinette & the French Revolution - Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
  • History 680/690 - Honors Thesis Colloquium
  • History 703 - History and Theory: Recent Approaches to Cultural and Social History - Syllabus 2016 (pdf)
  • History 707 - Old Regime and French Revolution - Syllabus 2014 (pdf)
  • History 707 - 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

Suzanne Desan

Vilas-Shinners Professor of History


608.262.8694 

smdesan@wisc.edu

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Office:
5120 Mosse Humanities

Mailbox:
5013 Mosse Humanities

Office Hours:
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