My primary research area is the history of philosophy under the French Third Republic. My work covers the tradition of épistémologie from its prehistory in the 1870s to its dispersal in the 1960s with special focus on Emile Brunschvicg, Gaston Bachelard, and Bachelard's students Althusser, Bourdieu, and Foucault. Recently, I have published on 19th-century neo-Kantian philosopher Emile Boutroux and on Elie Halévy, one of the most important liberal thinkers of the Third Republic.
“Emile Boutroux, Redefining Science and Faith in the Third Republic,” Modern Intellectual History 6(3) (November 2009).
“‘The Bitterness of Disappointed Expectations:’ Elie Halévy and European Socialism,” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History 35 (2007).
Honors and Awards
Gilbert Chinard Fellowship, Institut Français de Washington
Bourse Chateaubriand Research Fellowship
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship
I have taught European history from the Enlightenment to the late-twentieth century. Courses include Fin-de-siècle Paris and Vienna, Historiography of the French Revolution, The Enlightenment, the French Revolutionary Tradition (1789-1875), The Second World War, the Cultural and Intellectual History of the Great War, 19th-Century Social Thought, and 20th-Century Europe.