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Patrick Young


Patrick Young , History, Gender Studies, Global Studies

Associate Professor
Dugan Hall 106G


Modern French & European History

Research Interest

Place and Displacement in French History, Environmental History, History of Consumer Culture

Educational Background

B.A., Hamilton College

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University


My research addresses themes of cultural, social and environmental history within Modern France and Europe. My first book, Enacting Brittany: Tourism and Culture in Provincial France (Ashgate 2012) examined the historical conversion of France’s westernmost region of Brittany into an arena of modern place promotion and tourist exchange. My second book, a co-edited collection entitled Place and Locality in Modern French History (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014), analyzed the changing resonances and possibilities of local connection in modern and contemporary France. My current book project investigates how the problem of limitation was understood and negotiated within specific mountain areas of ‘Greater France’ in the early twentieth century, as a way of gaining insight into the longer-term genesis of contemporary sustainability discourse.

I have also published articles in French Historical Studies, The Journal of Social History and other scholarly journals, as well as multiple chapters in edited collections.

I currently serve as North American Editor of the journal, Modern and Contemporary France.