Emmet Kennedy

Emeritus Faculty


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Emmet Kennedy concluded his thirty-eighth year at GW in 2011. His teaching and publications have focused on the History of France, especially the French Revolution, and European intellectual history. A Wilson Fellow in 1983-84, he was nominated for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize and listed in the New York Times Book Review’s Editors’ Choices in July, 1989 for his Cultural History of the French Revolution. He was a nominee for the G.W.Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching in 1997 and served several years as a consultant to the Library of Congress’ Kluge Prize Committee. In the works is a biography of the abbé who founded during the Terror the first, still extant National Institution for the Deaf in Paris. An article on the exodus of Vichy Refugees to Spain appeared in 2012. 

Secularism and its Opponents from Augustine to Solzhenitsyn. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Theatre, Opera and Audiences in Revolutionary Paris: Analysis and Repertory. Westport, CT and London: Greenwood Press, 1996. Co-authored with Marie Laurence Netter, James P. McGregor and Mark V. Olsen.

A Cultural History of the French Revolution. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1989.

A Philosophe in the Age of Revolution: Destutt de Tracy and the Origins of "Ideology." Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1978.

The Shaping of Modern France: Writings on French History since 1715. New York and London: Macmillan, 1969. Co-edited with James Friguglietti.

Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1973