Major Field: European History
Adviser: Jay M. Smith
BA University of California at Berkeley
MA Yale University, 2011
My areas of interest are early modern Europe, pre-revolutionary France, especially the history of the Bastille, and cultural and intellectual history. I am particularly interested in political culture, the development of ideology, and the intersection between the evolving concepts of honor, secrecy and transparency in eighteenth-century France. My dissertation includes but is not limited to: Jesuits, cadavers in the Bastille, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, angry Jansenists, and a revolutionary press. I look at how secrecy was linked to honor, and how over the course of the century, attitudes towards secrecy changed as government transparency took on new importance.