Jeremy Popkin holds the William T. Bryan Chair in history at the University of Kentucky, where he teaches classes on the era of the French Revolution.
Two of his books, one on the explosion of “new media” after 1789: Revolutionary News: The Press in France, 1789-1799, published by Duke University Press in 1989 and You Are All Free: The Haitian Revolution and the Abolition of Slavery, on the abolition of slavery in the French Caribbean colonies in 1794, published by Cambridge University Press in 2010, have been awarded major academic prizes. Revolutionary News won the Smith Prize from the Southern History Association and You are All Free was the winner of the J. Russell Major Prize from the AHA, the Pinkney Book Award from the Society for French Historical Studies, and was short-listed for the Cundill Book Prize in 2011. The Wall Street Journal called the book “gripping.” The reviewer wrote, “Popkin provides a vivid narrative based on a wide range of sources, enabling him to capture the story in all its complexity.”
Professor Popkin received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and he has lectured at universities around the world, including the College de France, Harvard University, the Humboldt University in Berlin, and the Australian National University. He has held numerous fellowships, including awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study. His textbook, A Short History of the French Revolution is now in its sixth edition and has introduced a generation of American college students to that topic. Most recently, he is the author of From Herodotus to H-Net: The Story of Historiography, published by Oxford University Press.
He is writing a new history of the French Revolution, for which he was awarded a Public Scholar Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.