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Principal Research Interest(s): Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary France; French Empire; Political Culture; History of Education; History of Capitalism
Robin Bates (Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 2015) is a historian of modern France and the francophone world whose work focuses on political culture in the decades following the Revolution of 1789. In 2015, he received his PhD from the Department of History at the University of Chicago, where his doctoral dissertation – and current book project – was titled Regimes of Education: Pedagogy and the Political Reconstruction of Postrevolutionary France, 1789-1848. This ongoing project examines how, at a moment of great instability and upheaval, the theory and practice of education was transposed onto many crucial relationships of power – whether between parents and children, masters and slaves, men and women, or political leaders and their people as a way to envision and enact a new order of things.