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Lynn Hunt

Distinguished Research Professor

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Office  6260 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-794-4432

Born in Panama and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, she has her B.A. from Carleton College (1967) and her M.A. (1968) and Ph.D. (1973) from Stanford University.

Before coming to UCLA she taught at the University of Pennsylvania (1987-1998) and the University of California, Berkeley (1974-1987).

Prof. Hunt’s most recent books examine the origins of human rights in the eighteenth century, Inventing Human Rights (2007), the question of time and history writing, Measuring Time: Making History (2008), early 18th century views of the world's religions, The Book that Changed Europe (with M. Jacob and W. Mijnhardt, 2010), and Writing History in the Global Era (2014). She has written extensively on the French Revolution: Revolution and Urban Politics in Provincial France (1978); Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution (1984); and The Family Romance of the French Revolution (1992). She has also written about historical method and epistemology: The New Cultural History (1989); with Joyce Appleby and Margaret Jacob, Telling the Truth about History (1994); with Jacques Revel, Histories: French Constructions of the Past (1995); and with Victoria Bonnell, Beyond the Cultural Turn (1999). In addition, she has edited collections on the history of eroticism, pornography, and human rights; co-authored a western civilization textbook, The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures (5th ed. 2016); and co-authored a textbook on the French Revolution and Napoleon (2017). Her books have been translated into 14 languages.


Ph.D. History, Stanford University, 1973


Distinguished Teaching Award of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate, University of California, 1977

Nancy Lyman Roelker Graduate Mentorship Award, American Historical Association, 2010

Distinguished Teaching Award, UCLA, 2013


Prof. Hunt's current research projects include a study of French revolutionary graphic arts and French revolutionary finances.