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Meghan Roberts

Assistant Professor of History


Contact Information

19 Hubbard Hall

Fall 2014

  • On leave for the 2014-15 academic year.

Meghan Roberts - Bowdoin College HistoryMedieval and Early Modern Studies Program, Bowdoin College


  • Ph.D., History, Northwestern University (2011)

  • M.A., History, Northwestern University (2006)

  • B.A., History, College of William and Mary (2004)

I am a historian of early modern Europe and the Atlantic World with particular interests in cultural history and the history of science and medicine. My work has been supported by numerous fellowships, including a Jacob K. Javits fellowship from the Department of Education and a Millstone Fellowship from the Western Society for French History.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF) PDF



Manuscript in Progress

I am currently writing my first book, titled “Living Proof: Intellectual Families in Enlightenment France.” In an era that placed a premium on the personal and social value of family life and love, eighteenth-century French philosophers pursued happy home lives for themselves instead of following the traditional model of the stoic thinker “married” to Philosophy. This domestic turn shaped the development and practice of knowledge. Savants collaborated with their wives and children and even transformed their offspring into test subjects for their ideas about education and inoculation. The process of reshaping society began at home.

Refereed Journal Articles

“Philosophes Mariés and Epouses Philosophiques: Men of Letters and Marriage in Eighteenth-Century France,” French Historical Studies 35, no. 3 (Summer 2012), 509-539.

My current course rotation introduces students to the political, cultural, and social history of early modern Europe and the Atlantic World.

  • History 127/1160 Early Modern Europe, from Reformations to Revolutions
  • History 243/2060 Old Regime and Revolutionary France 
  • History 271/2061 Culture Wars in the Age of Enlightenment
  • History 2062 European States and Empires, 1492-1789
  • History 278/2540 The Politics of Private Life
  • History 2541 Crime and Punishment
  • History 324/3060 Great Nation, Haunted Nation: Memory and the French Revolution
  • History 3061 Age of Atlantic Revolutions

  • Fletcher Family Research Grant
    Bowdoin College
  • Course Development Award
    Bowdoin College
  • Harold Perkin Prize, co-winner, awarded to the best dissertation of the year
    Department of History, Northwestern University
  • Presidential Fellowship
    Northwestern University Society of Fellows
  • Millstone Fellowship
    Western Society for French History
  • Jacob K. Javits Fellowship
    U.S. Department of Education