Kilian Harrer

Position title: Lecturer: History 223 - How to live Forever: The History of Immortality


Advisor: Suzanne Desan
Office Hours: ONLINE Thursdays, 2:00-4:00 pm

Kilian Harrer


My current research interests revolve around the relationships and overlaps between politics and religion in the eighteenth century (esp. in Enlightenment and Revolutionary France). I hold a B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Munich (Germany). In my first research project at UW-Madison, 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. In 2018 and 2019, I conducted archival research for my dissertation on the politics of pilgrimage in Europe’s revolutionary borderlands, c. 1770-1815. I am now in the writing phase of my dissertation.


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

  • “The Keys of Heaven in the Hands of Women: History, Hierarchy, and Gender in Early Modern Catholicism,” Catholic Historical Review 106, no. 1 (2020): 50-76.
  • “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 201 – Historian’s Craft: The July Crisis
  • History 119 – The Making of Modern Europe, 1500-1815