Adrian O’Connor, Ph.D.


Adrian O’Connor (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2009) is an associate professor of history. His research focuses on early modern and modern France, with a particular focus on the French Revolution and the origins of modern political culture. His first book, In pursuit of politics: Education and revolution in eighteenth-century France (Manchester University Press, 2017) examines how debates over education might shed light on efforts to establish a system of participatory politics and representative government during the early years of the French Revolution. He has begun work on a second book, tentatively entitled Sentiment and Statecraft in Revolutionary France. He has also published articles in French Historical Studies; French History; French Politics, Culture & Society; Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques, and the edited volumes Historicizing the French Revolution (2008) and Trust and Happiness in the History of European Political Thought (2018).

His teaching interests span the political, cultural, and intellectual history of Europe from the Renaissance to the 20th century.

  • Courses taught (as schedule allows):
  • The Enlightenment
  • The French Revolution
  • Twentieth Century Europe
  • World War II & the Holocaust
  • Theory of History
  • History of Assassination
  • Introduction to the Humanities
  • History of Protest and Politics
  • From Terror to Terrorism


Assistant Professor of History
(727) 873-4523
Davis Hall 261


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