Prof. Jeffrey S Ravel

Professor of History

Primary DLC


MIT Room: E51-255C

Areas of Interest and Expertise

History of French and European Political Culture from the Mid-Seventeenth through the Mid-Nineteenth Centuries
Cultural History

Research Summary

Provessor Ravel studies the history of French and European political culture from the mid-seventeenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries. He is the author of The Would-Be Commoner: A Tale of Deception, Murder, and Justice in Seventeenth Century France (Houghton Mifflin, 2008); and The Contested Parterre: Public Theater and French Political Culture, 1680-1791 (Cornell University Press, 1999). He is currently working on a history of French playing cards and political regimes in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Recent Work