William M. Reddy, PhD

I received all my degrees (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.) from the University of Chicago, finishing there in 1974; after a year at the School of Social Science of the Institute for Advanced Study, and a post-doc in the Department of Psychology and Social Relations at Harvard, I came to Duke in 1977. I have been awarded, among others, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, brief visiting fellowships at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and fellowship years at the National Humanities Center, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

Research interests: My teaching responsibilities include European history, French history from the eighteenth century to the present, cultural theory (especially the joint methodological interests of historians and anthropologists). My research in the past has dealt with such issues as the social history of industrialization, comparative social history of the modern era, the history of emotions and gender identities in France since 1750, and theories of culture. I am currently working on approaches to the history of emotions (see my The Navigation of Feeling: A Framework for the History of Emotions (Cambridge University Press, 2001). I am also undertaking research on the comparative history of romantic love.


The 2007 Conference