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Faculty Members & Biographies

Institute Faculty

Rafe Blaufarb - Director and Ben Weider Eminent Scholar in Napoleonic Studies
Darrin M. McMahon - Ben Weider Chair in Revolutionary Studies
Donald D. Horward - Professor Emeritus, Founding Director


Rafe Blaufarb - Ben Weider Eminent Scholar, Florida State University (USA)

Dr. Blaufarb is a specialist in Revolutionary and Napoleonic France. He is the author of several books on the social and political history of the French military during this period: The French Army, 1750-1820: Careers, Talent, Merit (Manchester, 2002) and Bonapartists in the Borderlands: French Exiles and Refugees on the Gulf Coast, 1815-1835 (Tuscaloosa, 2006). He has published articles in the American Historical Review, Annales, H.S.S., Comparative Studies in Society and History, French Historical Studies, and Annales Historiques de la Révolution Française on the French army, the French nobility, noble fiscal privilege, and the geopolitics of Latin American independence. His current research focuses on the politics of property during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic era.

Darrin M. McMahon - Ben Weider Chair in Revolutionary Studies

Darrin M. McMahon is the Ben Weider Professor of History at Florida State University, and a specialist on the cultural and intellectual history of eighteenth-century Europe.  He is the author of Enemies of the Enlightenment: The French Counter-Enlightenment and the Making of Modernity (Oxford, 2001), and Happiness: A History (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2006), which is being translated into ten languages. McMahon’s writings on the eighteenth century have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, the Boston Globe, Daedalus and other publications.