Kilian Harrer

TA: History 201 with Professor McDonald

Advisor: Suzanne Desan

Office: 4268 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4066 Mosse Humanities
Phone: 608.263.1687
Office Hours: Mondays 10:00-12:00

Kilian Harrer


My research interests revolve around the convoluted relationships and overlaps among politics, ideology, religion, and gender in the eighteenth century (esp. in Enlightenment and Revolutionary France). In my master’s thesis, I focused on a conflict over diocesan territory between the archbishop of Rouen and a convent of Benedictine nuns, the Abbey of Montivilliers in Normandy. I used this case study as a lens through which to re-examine the history of eighteenth-century Gallicanism, Specifically, I argued that the nuns and their collaborators possessed and effectively used the legal, political, and intellectual means to help redefine ecclesiastical hierarchy, sovereignty, territoriality, and church-state relations–primarily to the benefit of the temporal prince, the king of France. Currently, I am conducting archival research for my dissertation on pilgrims, processions, and police in Europe’s imperial borderlands, c. 1770-1815.


M.A., University of Munich (2015)
B.A., University of Munich (2012)


  • European History

MA Title

  • “The Keys of Heaven in the Hands of Women. A Struggle over Hierarchy in Eighteenth-Century France”

Selected Publications

  • “La suppression de cinq paroisses à Tours (1777-1782). Un exemple de rationalité administrative au siècle des Lumières,” Dix-Huitième Siècle 46 (2014): 673-93.

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 119 – The Making of Modern Europe, 1500-1815