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Jeremy D Popkin
William T. Bryan Chair Professorship

Jeremy D. Popkin received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and holds an A.M. degree from Harvard University.  When he was hired on a one-year contract at the University of Kentucky in 1978, the History Department secretary put him in what was then the department's conference room, saying, "Since you won't be staying long, it won't matter."  Popkin is still occupying the same office.

Popkin's scholarly interests include the history of the French and Haitian revolutions, autobiographical literature and American Jewish history.  His newest book is Zelda Popkin: The Life and Times of an American Jewish Woman Author (Rowman and Littlefield, 2023). He has also published A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution (Basic Books, 2019).  His other publications include  From Herodotus to H-Net: The Story of Historiography (Oxford University Press, 2015, 2019) You Are All Free: The Haitian Revolution and the Abolition of Slavery_ (2010), _Revolutionary News:  The Press in France, 1789-1799_ (1990), _History, Historians and Autobiography_ (2005), and a number of other books and scholarly articles.  Popkin has held fellowships from the J.S. Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Studies, and the Newberry Library, and has been a visiting professor at Brown University and at the College de France, which has recorded his lectures as podcasts (in French).  In 2012, Popkin was a short-term visiting professor at Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, and in 2013 he was named the Christian Wolff Visiting Professor at the Martin Luther University in Halle, Germany.

Popkin teaches undergraduate courses on the era of the French Revolution, on Europe since 1989, and modern Jewish history and the history of the Holocaust.  He has served as director of UK's Jewish Studies program, and has frequently participated in the UK Social Theory program.  In 2015-2016, Popkin co-directed the College of Arts and Sciences' "Year of Europe" program.

Professor Popkin is no longer accepting new graduate students.

Contact Information
1725 Patterson Office Tower
Ph.D., California / Berkeley, 1977
A.M., Harvard, 1971
B.A., California/Berkeley, 1970
Research Interests
  • *Professor Popkin is not currently accepting graduate students.*
  • History
  • Jewish Studies
  • Social Theory
  • Hebrew and Jewish Studies