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Dorinda Outram

  • Gladys I. and Franklin W. Clark Professor of History

PhD, University of Cambridge, 1974

369A Rush Rhees Library
(585) 275-4097


European History; Global History

Research Overview

History of the Enlightenment,of exploration in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, of childhood, of the French life-sciences in the Enlightenment, of the French Revolution, of the history of the body in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, of the history of Europe and the Americas in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, American colonial period, Revolution and early republic.

Graduate Fields

I offer the following fields for the PhD qualifying examination. For explanations of fields, see the "Graduate Overview" page in the Graduate Handbook.

Teaching Fields: Europe 1450-1789; History of Exploration (Transnational); The Enlightenment (Transnational); The History of Childhood; The French Revolution

Research Fields: History of Exploration (Transnational); The Enlightenment (Transnational); The History of the Body (Transnational)

I will not be accepting students for admission in fall 2018.

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • HIS 222:  The Enlightenment
  • HIS 224W:  Children, Families, and the State (WST 227)
  • HIS 231:  The French Revolutions, Syllabus
  • HIS 227:  History of European Exploration (ANT 289), Syllabus

Selected Publications

  • Panorama of the Enlightenment (Thames and Hudson, November 2006).
  • "On being Perseus: travel and truth in the Enlightenment," in C. Withers and D. Livingstone, ed., Geography in the Enlightenment, (Chicago University Press, 1999).
  • "On being a contemporary," in S. Schaffer, J. Golinski and W. Clark, eds., The Sciences in Enlightenment Europe, (Chicago University Press, 1999).
  • The Enlightenment (Cambridge University Press, 1995, second edition, 1997, third edition 2006).
  • '"Mere words:" Enlightenment, Revolution and Damage Control'; Journal of Modern History, 63, (1991), 327-362.
  • The Body and the French Revolution (Yale University Press, 1989).
  • Uneasy Careers and Intimate Lives: Women in Science, 1789-1979 (Rutgers University Press, 1987) with P. Abir-Am.
  • Science, Vocation and Authority in Post- Revolutionary France: Georges Cuvier (Manchester University Press, 1984).

Selected Book Covers