Meghan Roberts

Assistant Professor of History

Teaching this semester

HIST 2540 / GSWS 2450. The Politics of Private Life

Meghan Roberts
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.

HIST 2060. Old Regime and Revolutionary France

Meghan Roberts
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 with particular interests in cultural history, the history of science and medicine, and women's and gender history. My work focuses on the age of Enlightenment through the lens of lived experience: what did people think it meant to live in an enlightened age, and how did they put their ideals into practice?  For more about my current research, teaching, and CV, please visit my personal website: www.meghankroberts.com

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Education

  • Ph.D. , History, Northwestern University, 2011
  • M.A., History, Northwestern University, 2006
  • B.A., History, College of William and Mary, 2004