Contact & Location


Department of History

Physical Address:
Administration Bldg. 315
PHONE: (208) 885-6253
FAX: (208) 885-5221
E-MAIL: history@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Department of History
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3175
Moscow, ID 83844-3175

Sean Quinlan

Sean Quinlan, Ph.D.

Office: Admin 315A
Phone: 208-885-5876
Email: quinlan@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: History Department - University of Idaho
P.O. Box 443175
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3175

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Department of History
Associate Professor

With UI Since 2001

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Eighteenth-century studies
    • Science and medicine in Europe
    • Gender and sexuality in the West
    • European cultural and intellectual history
    • 1650–present, Modern France
  • Biography
    Sean M. Quinlan is the Chair for the History Department.  He received his doctorate from Indiana University in 2000 and he was subsequently a Mellon post-doctoral fellow at UCLA.  Previously, he was the recipient of a Fulbright IIE fellowship at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris.  In his research and teaching, Dr Quinlan focuses broadly upon modern European cultural and intellectual history, with particular emphasis on science and medicine in France during the 18th and 19th centuries.  Using interdisciplinary models, he studies the cultural dimensions of scientific practice, especially issues which involve ideology, social practice, aesthetics, and gender politics.  Quinlan has given numerous conference papers and invited lectures throughout the United States and Europe, and has won a number of prestigious fellowships and scholarship awards.
  • Selected Publications
    • The Great Nation in Decline: Sex, Modernity, and Health Crises in Revolutionary France, ca. 1750–1850 (History of Medicine in Context Series) (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007).
    • Shocked Sensibility: The Nerves, the Will, and Altered States in Sade’s L’Histoire de Juliette,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction, vol. 25 (spring 2013).
    • “Heredity, Reproduction, Perfectibility: Early Ideas about Eugenics during the French Revolution,” Endeavour 34, no. 4 (2010).
    • “Monstrous Births and Medical Networks: Debates over Forensic Evidence, Generation Theory, and Obstetrical Authority, ca. 1780–1815,” Early Science and Medicine, 14 (2009).
    • “Sex and the Citizen: Reproductive Manuals and Fashionable Elites under the Napoleonic Consulate, 1799–1804,” in Creating Identities in Modern France, Kevin J. Callahan and Sarah A. Curtis, eds. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2008).
    • “Men Without Women: Masculinity, Male Sociability, and Revolutionary Politics in France, 1789–1815,” in French Masculinities: History, Culture, and Politics, Christopher Forth and Bertrand Taithe, eds., with an afterword by Robert A. Nye (London: Palgrave, 2007).
    • “Inheriting Vice, Acquiring Virtue: Hereditary Disease and Moral Hygiene in Eighteenth-Century France,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 80 (Winter 2006).
    • “Medicine in the Boudoir: The Marquis de Sade and Moral Hygiene in Post-Thermidorean France,” Textual Practice 20, no. 2 (2006).
    • “Physical and Moral Regeneration after the Terror: Medical Culture, Sensibility, and Family Politics in France, 1794–1804,” Social History, vol. 29, no. 2 (2004) (awarded the Percy Adams Prize, 2005).
    • “Colonial Bodies, Hygiene and Abolitionist Politics in Eighteenth-Century France,” History Workshop Journal, no. 42 (Fall 1996) Reprinted in Tony Ballantyne and Antoinette Burton (eds.), Bodies in Contact: Rethinking Colonial Encounters in World History (Durham: Duke University Press, 2005).
    • “Apparent Death in Eighteenth-Century France and England,” French History, vol. 9, no. 2 (1995) (awarded the John Snell Memorial Prize, 1995). 
  • Awards and Honors

    • University of Idaho, Distinguished Humanities Fellow (2009–2011)
    • University of Idaho Research School, Faculty Seed Grant, Paris (June–August, 2008)
    • Outstanding Faculty Award, University of Idaho, Disability Support Services (April 2008)
    • University of Idaho Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence (December 2007)
    • Martin Scholar (2007–08), Global Health Studies, Martin Institute for Peace Studies
    • Research Fellowship, Idaho Humanities Council, a State-Based Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities (2007
    • Bureau of Public Affairs, University of Idaho, Summer Travel Grant (2007)
    • University of Idaho Research School, Faculty Travel Grant (July 2006)
    • Percy Adams Award, Southeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (March 2005)
    • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Distinguished Service Award for Faculty, University of Idaho and Washington State University (2005)
    • National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Fellowship, (2004)