Jay M. Smith

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564 Hamilton Hall
CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599

BA Northern Illinois University, 1983
MA Northern Illinois University, 1985
PhD University of Michigan, 1990

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Jay M. Smith is a specialist of early-modern France, especially in the later seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Most of his work traces the negotiation of change over time, and he often uses the history of language to gain access to processes of change. Smith has written about the development of royal absolutism, the emergence of patriotic habits of thought under the old regime, the origins of the French Revolution, the history of the nobility, and the fascinating legend surrounding the beast of the Gévaudan. His most recent book, written with Mary Willingham, provides an exposé of the UNC athletic-academic scandal and an assessment of the educational culture fostered in big-time sport programs. He is now working on several projects including scandal in the 1780s and municipal politics in the wake of the L’Averdy reforms of the 1760s.

Some Notable Publications

Graduate Students Advised by Jay Smith

Courses Offered (as schedules allow)

For current course listings, consult the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes.

  • HIST 84— (First Year Seminar)–Monsters, Murder and Mayhem in Microhistorical Analysis
  • HIST 309—Old Regime France, 1661-1787
  • HIST 310—The French Revolution
  • HIST 383— Big-Time College Sports and the Rights of Athletes, 1956-Present
  • HIST 516—Historical Time
  • HIST 711—Introductory Colloquium on Early Modern Europe
  • HIST 765—Problems in the History of the French Revolution
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