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Dr. Jeffrey David Burson

Professor of History (2011).

Ph.D. George Washington University (2006); M. Phil. George Washington University (2003); B.A. Concordia University, Ann Arbor (1999).

Teaching and Research Interests: Early Modern and Modern France; European Enlightenment; Religion and Enlightenment; Enlightenment Catholicism, Age of Revolutions, c. 1760-1848

Upper Division Courses:

  • HIST 3540 Age of Revolutions in Europe and the Atlantic World
  • HIST 3550: European Intellectual History
  • HIST 5336: Revolutionary France
  • HIST 5340: Age of Napoleon in Global Context
  • HIST 5430: Modern France and French Society in Global Context
  • HIST 7633: Readings in European History

Contact Information:

Department of History
Georgia Southern University
P. O. Box 8054
Statesboro, GA 30460-8054

Office: #3010, Interdisciplinary Arts Building
Tel.: 912-478-8532
Fax: 912-478- 0377

Selected Publications:

  • “Theological Revolution and the Entangled Emergence of Enlightenment
    Secularization,” in Between Secularisation and Reform: Religion in the
    Enlightenment (Leiden, NL: Brill, 2022), 15-45.
  • “Process, Contingency, and Cultural Entanglement: Toward a Post-Revisionism in
    Enlightenment Historiography,” Journal of the Western Society for French History 47
    (2021): 1-13.
  • “The Polyvalence of Heterodox Sources and Eighteenth-Century Religious Change,”
    in Clandestine Philosophy: New Studies in Subversive Manuscripts in Early Modern
    Europe, 1620-1823, ed. Gianni Paganini, Margaret C. Jacob, John Christian Laursen
    (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2020), 328-51.
  • The Culture of Enlightening: Abbé Claude Yvon and the Entangled Emergence of the Enlightenment (South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame, 2019).
  • Skeptical Enlightenment: Doubt and Certainty in the Age of Reason, with Anton M. Matytsin (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Studies on the Enlightenment, 2019).
  • The Culture of Jesuit Erudition in an Age of Enlightenment. Special Issue of Journal
    of Jesuit Studies 6, no. 3 (August 2019).
  • “Dark Night of the Early Modern Soul: Humanism, Dualing Cartesianisms, Jesuits,
    and the New Physiology in the Shaping of Enlightenment Thought,” Historical
    Reflections/Réflexions historiques 45, no. 1 (Spring 2019): 4-27.
  •  “Entangling the ‘Century of Lights’ to Disentangle the Enlightenment,” Belief and
    Politics in Enlightenment France: Essays in Honor of Dale K. Van Kley, ed. Mita
    Choudhoury and Daniel Watkins (Oxford University Studies of the Enlightenment;
    Liverpool University Press, 2019), 25-53.
  • “The Distinctive Contours of Jesuit Scholarship in Eighteenth-Century Context,” in
    Exploring Jesuit Distinctiveness: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ways of
    Proceeding within the Society of Jesus, ed. Robert Maryks (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 214-236.
  • The Jesuit Suppression in Global Context: Causes, Events, Consequences. with Jonathan Wright. (New York, NY; Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2015).
  • Unlikely Tales of Fo and Ignatius: Rethinking the Radical Enlightenment through
    French Appropriation of Chinese Buddhism,” French Historical Studies 38, no. 3
    (August 2015): 391-420.
  • Enlightenment and Catholicism in Europe: A Transnational History with Ulrich Lehner.  Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014.
  • The Rise and Fall of Theological Enlightenment: Jean-Martin de Prades and Ideological Polarization in Eighteenth- Century France. Foreword by Dale K. Van Kley. Notre Dame University Press, 2010.

Professional Activities

  • Engagé.és Committee: Western Society for French History (2022-2023).
  • Editorial Board: Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques (2019-Present).
  • Board of Directors, Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850.
  • Editorial Board: French Historical Studies (2018-2021).
  • Governing Council: Western Society for French History (2019-2022).
  • Faculty Senate Inclusive Excellence Committee (2022-2023).

Current Research:

  • “Transposing Erudition from Late Humanism to the Early Enlightenment,” in
    Debating Enlightenment, ed. Marco Barducci (Durham, UK: University of Durham
    Press, under review).
  • “The Enlightenment of the Jesuits: A Global History” (Book Manuscript in Progress).

Last updated: 12/14/2023