Assistant Professor of History
Dudley Coe Building - 301A
Seminar. Examines how and why “the personal was political” in Europe and the Atlantic World from 1500 to 1800 by analyzing the politics (broadly defined) of marriage, love, and sex. How did ideas about and practices of private life change in the wake of the Protestant Reformation, colonial expansion, rise of Atlantic slavery, and political revolutions? Readings include correspondence, novels, and memoirs as well as scholarly analyses of divorce, homosexuality, romantic love, and marriage. Students write a research paper based on research in primary sources. Note: This course is part of the following field(s) of study: Atlantic Worlds and Europe. It also fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.
At the beginning of the eighteenth century, many heralded King Louis XIV as the most powerful monarch to ever rule. By the end of the century, however, the French people overthrew this vaunted monarchy. Topics include: Why did France have a revolution? What were the global implications of events in France, especially for the enslaved populations of French colonies? Why did the French Revolution become radical and—all too often—violent? Class sessions will incorporate lecture, discussion, and role-playing. Note: This course is part of the following field(s) of study: Europe. It also fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.
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. I am the author of Sentimental Savants: Philosophical Families in Enlightenment France (University of Chicago Press, 2016). 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. For more on my current research and teaching, please visit my personal website: www.meghankroberts.com