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Distinguished Research Professor & Eugen Weber Endowed Chair in Modern European History

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Phone: 310-794-4432
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E-mail: lhunt@history.ucla.edu

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UCLA Department of History
6265 Bunche Hall
Box 951473
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1473

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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 teaches French and European history and the history of history as an academic discipline. Her specialties include the French Revolution, gender history, cultural history and historiography. Her current research projects include a study of cultural history in the global era and another of the French Revolution in global context.

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), and early 18th century views of the world's religions, Bernard Picart and the First Global Vision of Religion (with M. Jacob and W. Mijnhardt, 2010). 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 on human rights; co-authored a western civilization textbook, The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures (4th ed. 2012); and with Jack Censer co-authored a textbook on the French Revolution which includes a cd-rom and companion website. Her books have been translated into French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Polish and Czech.

Selected Publications


1978 Revolution and Urban Politics in Provincial France: Troyes and Reims, 1786-1790 (Stanford University Press). (Awarded the Prix Albert Babeau of the Société Académique de l'Aube, 1980)

1984 Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution (University of California Press).
(Awarded the Prize for the best monograph by a young scholar in 1984-85 by the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association)
Translated into Italian (1989), German (1989), Japanese (1989), Portuguese (2007), Czech (2007), Spanish (Editorial de la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, 2008), and Chinese (East China Normal University Press, 2011).
Twentieth anniversary edition published by University of California Press in 2004 (with new preface.

1992 The Family Romance of the French Revolution (University of California Press).
Translated into French (1995), Japanese (1999), and Chinese (Taiwan, 2002; Beijing, 2008).

Forums on The Family Romance:

Journal of Modern History, 66 (1994): Philip Stewart, "This Is Not a Book Review: On Historical Uses of Literature," pp. 521-538; Lynn Hunt, "The Objects of History: A Reply to Philip Stewart," pp. 539-546.

societá e storia, 17 (no. 65, 1994): Four essays in "Family Romance of the French Revolution. Un dibattito," pp. 611-644, with Lynn Hunt, "Una riposta," 645-652 [complete debate pp. 611-652].

French Historical Studies, 19 (1995): Madelyn Gutwirth, "Sacred Father; Profane Sons: Lynn Hunt's French Revolution," pp. 261-276; Colin Jones, "A ‘Fine Romance' With No Sisters," pp. 277-288; Lynn Hunt, "Reading the French Revolution: A Reply," pp. 289-298.

1994 with Joyce Appleby and Margaret Jacob, Telling the Truth about History (W.W. Norton).
Translated into Chinese, Cheng Chung Publishing, Taiwan (1995); Spanish, Editorial Andres Bello, Spain (1998); Lithuanian, Margi Rastai, Lithuania (1998); Polish, Zyski i Ska, Poland (1999); Czech, Centrum Pro Studium Demokracie a Kultury (CDK), Czech Republic (2002); Chinese, Horizon Media Co., China (2010).

Introduction translated into Portuguese in Fernando A. Novais and Rogerio Forastieri da Silva, eds. Nova história em perspective, vol. 1 (São Paulo: Cosac Naify, 2011), pp. 359-369.

Forums on Telling the Truth:

Journal of the History of Ideas, 1995: Four essays in "Truth, Objectivity, and History: An Exchange," Martin Bunzl, "Pragmatism to the Rescue?", pp. 651-659; Bonnie G. Smith, "Whose Truth, Whose History?", pp. 661-668; John Higham, "The Limits of Relativism: Restatement and Remembrance," pp. 669-674; Joyce Appleby, Lynn Hunt, and Margaret Jacob, "Response," pp. 675-680.

History and Theory, 34 (1995): Essays by Raymond Martin, Joan W. Scott, and Cushing Strout, pp. 320-339.

2001 with Thomas R. Martin, Barbara H. Rosenwein, R. Po-chia Hsia, and Bonnie G. Smith, The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures (Bedford/St. Martin’s): 2nd ed 2005; 3rd ed. 2008, 4th ed. 2012.

2001 with Jack R. Censer, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution (The Pennsylvania State University), textbook with cd-rom included, then with companion website. The website (http://chnm.gmu.edu/revolution/) won the History Classics Award from MERLOT [Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching] in 2009.

2005 with Thomas R. Martin, Barbara H. Rosenwein, R. Po-chia Hsia, and Bonnie G. Smith, The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures (A Concise History) (Bedford/ St.Martin’s), 2nd ed. 2007, 3rd ed. 2010.

2007 Inventing Human Rights (W.W. Norton).
Translated into Korean, 2009, by Dolbegae, South Korea (with new foreword); Portuguese, 2009, by Companhia Das Letras, Brazil; Spanish, 2009, by Tusquets Editores, Barcelona; Italian, 2010, by Editori Laterza; Chinese, 2011, by The Commercial Press, Beijing; Japanese (with new foreword), 2011, by Iwanami Shoten, Tokyo

2008 Measuring Time, Making History (Central European University Press)

2010 with Margaret C. Jacob and Wijnand Mijnhardt, The Book that Changed Europe: Picart & Bernard’s Religious Ceremonies of the World (Harvard University Press).

2010 La storia culturale nell’età globale (Pisa: Edizioni ETS).

Edited Volumes

The New Cultural History (University of California Press, 1989).

Eroticism and the Body Politic (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991).

The Invention of Pornography: Obscenity and the Origins of Modernity (New York: Zone Books, 1993).

Jacques Revel and Lynn Hunt, eds., Histories: French Constructions of the Past, Arthur Goldhammer, tr. (New York: The New Press, 1995).

Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, Lynn Hunt, and Marilyn B. Young, eds., Human Rights and Revolutions (Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).


2001 with Margaret Jacob, "The Affective Revolution in 1790s Britain," Eighteenth-Century Studies, 34: 491-521.

2001 "The French Revolution," in N.J. Smelser and Paul B. Baltes, eds., International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Oxford: Pergamon), pp. 5785-5789.

2002 "Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and Historical Thought," in Lloyd Kramer and Sarah Maza, A Companion to Western Historical Thought (Malden, MA: Blackwell), pp. 337-356.

2003 with Margaret Jacob, "Enlightenment Studies," in Alan Charles Kors, ed., Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment, vol 1 (Oxford: Oxford University Press): 418-430.

2003 "French Revolution: An Overview," in Alan Charles Kors, ed., Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment, vol. 2 (Oxford: Oxford University Press): 80-84.

2003 "The World We have Gained: The Future of the French Revolution," American Historical Review, 108 (February): 1-19.

2003 "Le Corps au XVIIIe siècle: les origines des droits de l'homme," Diogène, no. 203 (July-September): 49-67.

2003 "Parcours: Lynn Hunt, de la Révolution française à la révolution féministe," (interview by Laura Lee Downs), Travail, genre et sociétés, 10: 5-26.

2003 "L'histoire des femmes: accomplissements et ouvertures," in Martine Lapied and Christine Peyrard, eds., La Révolution française: au carrefour des recherches (Aix-en-Provence: Publications de l'Université de Provence), pp. 281-292.

2005 with Jack Censer, "Imaging the French Revolution: Depictions of the French Revolutionary Crowd," American Historical Review, 100 (2005): 38-45; continued on-line at

For a review of the project, see http://www.futureofthebook.org/next/text/?q=node/79

2005 "Relire l'histoire du politique," in Jean-Clément Martin, ed., La Révolution à l'oeuvre: Perspectives actuelles dans l'histoire de la Révolution française (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2005), pp. 117-124.

2007 "Fantasy Meets Reality: A Midwesterner Goes to Paris," in Laura Lee Downs and Stéphane Gerson, eds., Why France? American Historians Reflect on an Enduring Fascination (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007), pp. 63-72. [Translated into French by Le Seuil, 2007]

2007 "La visibilité du monde bourgeois," in Jean-Pierre Jessenne, ed., Vers un ordre bourgeois? Révolution française et changement social (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2007), pp. 371-381.

2008 "Kulturgeschichte ohne Paradigmen?" Historische Anthropologie, 16 (2008): 323-341 and Dorothee Brantz, "Kulturgeschichte ohne Paradigmen: Eine Antwort auf Lynn Hunt," pp. 443-449.

2009 The Experience of Revolution," in French Historical Studies, 32 (Fall 2009): 671-678.

2009 with Dominique Godineau, Jean-Clément Martin, Anne Verjus and Martine Lapied, "Femmes, Genres, Révolution," Annales historiques de la Révolution française, 358 (2009): 143-166.

2009 “Vinzia Fiorino conversa con Lynn Hunt,” Genesis, VIII (1:2009): 169-181

2010 “How Writing Leads to Thinking (and not the other way around),” Perspectives on History, 48:2 (February): 16-18.

2010 with Margaret Jacob and Wijnand Mijnhardt, “Religious Knowledge and the Origins of Modernity,” in Jitse Dijkstra, Justin Kroesen, and Yme Kuiper, eds., Myths, Martyrs, and Modernity: Studies In the History of Religions in Honour of Jan N. Bremmer (Leiden: Brill), pp. 593-608.

2010 “The French Revolution in Global Context,” in David Armitage and Sanjay Subrahmanyam,eds., The Age of Revolutions in Global Context, c. 1760-1840 (New York:Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 20-36.

2010 “Mona Ozouf: The Writer, the Historian and the Feminist,” French History, 24: 4(December 2010): 496-500.

2011 “Preface” to Robert Roswell Palmer: A Transatlantic Journey of American Liberalism, a special issue of Historical Reflections: Réflexions historiques,37, no. 3 (Winter 2011): v-viii.


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

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