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Professor Lynn Hunt FBA

French Revolution of 1789; historical methods and epistemology; cultural history; human rights
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About this Fellow

Lynn Hunt has her B.A. from Carleton College (1967) and her Ph.D. (1973) from Stanford University and is now Distinguished Research Professor at UCLA. Before going to UCLA as Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History (1998-2013) she taught at the University of Pennsylvania (1987-1998) and UC Berkeley (1974-1987). She has authored, co-authored or edited books on the origins of human rights, the French Revolution, historical method and epistemology, time in history, the eighteenth century sources of religious toleration as well as the history of pornography and has co-authored widely used textbooks on western civilization and the French Revolution. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages. She was President of the American Historical Association in 2002 and awarded the Nancy Lyman Roelker Award for graduate mentorship by the American Historical Association in 2010. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Member of the American Philosophical Society. Her most recent book, Writing History in the Global Era, was published by W.W. Norton in 2014. Her jointly edited book with Suzanne Desan and William Nelson, The French Revolution in Global Perspective, appeared with Cornell U. Press in 2013.



Current post

  • Distinguished Research Professor, University of California at Los Angeles


Writing History in the Global Era 2014

Inventing Human Rights: A History 2007

The Book that Changed Europe 2010

Telling the Truth About History 1994

Politics, Culture and Class in the French Revolution 1984, 2004

The Family Romance of the French Revolution 1993

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