Suzanne M. Desan, Ph.D.

I've devoted my career to studying the French Revolutionary era. This era-its actors, its dreams, its politics, its tragedies-it just won't let me go. I seem to be addicted to the French Revolution.


University of California, Berkeley


University of Wisconsin, Madison

About Suzanne M. Desan

Dr. Suzanne M. Desan is the Vilas-Shinners Distinguished Achievement Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She specializes in the history of 18th-century France. She earned her B.A. in History from Princeton University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley. She has received several teaching awards, including the University of Wisconsin Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award (2007) and the UW-Madison Undergraduate History Association's Professor of the Year Award (2013), as well as fellowships, including Guggenheim and Fulbright research fellowships. She also received the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the American Historical Association for the Best First Book in European History. Professor Desan is the author of numerous articles about the French Revolution, popular politics, family, and religion. She is the coeditor of The French Revolution in Global Perspective, and she is the author of The Family on Trial in Revolutionary France and Reclaiming the Sacred: Lay Religion and Popular Politics in Revolutionary France. She is currently studying foreign radicals who came to France during the revolutionary era, their influence on French politics, and the international circulation of revolutionary ideas and practices.

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