University of Rochester

Dorinda Outram

Position: Gladys I. and Franklin W. Clark Professor of History

Field: European History, Global History

Specialty: History of the Enlightenment

Education: PhD, University of Cambridge, 1974

Contact Info

369A Rush Rhees Library
Dept. of History
Rochester, NY 14627-0070

phone: 585.275.4097
fax: 585.756.4425

Fields of Interest:

History of the Enlightenment,of exploration in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, of childhood, of the French life-sciences in the Enlightenment, of the French Revolution, of the history of the body in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, of the history of Europe and the Americas in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, American colonial period, Revolution and early republic.

Graduate Fields:

I offer the following fields for the PhD qualifying examination. For explanations of fields, see the "Graduate Overview" page in the Graduate Handbook.

Teaching Fields:
Europe 1450-1789
History of Exploration (Transnational)
The Enlightenment (Transnational)
The History of Childhood
The French Revolution

Research Fields:
History of Exploration (Transnational)
The Enlightenment (Transnational)
The History of the Body (Transnational)

I will be accepting students for admission in Fall 2016.

Courses Offered:

Representative Publications:

  • Panorama of the Enlightenment (Thames and Hudson, November 2006). Amazon»
  • "On being Perseus: travel and truth in the Enlightenment," in C. Withers and D. Livingstone, ed., Geography in the Enlightenment, (Chicago University Press, 1999).
  • "On being a contemporary," in S. Schaffer, J. Golinski and W. Clark, eds., The Sciences in Enlightenment Europe, (Chicago University Press, 1999).
  • The Enlightenment (Cambridge University Press, 1995, second edition, 1997, third edition 2006). Amazon»
  • '"Mere words:" Enlightenment, Revolution and Damage Control'; Journal of Modern History, 63, (1991), 327-362.
  • The Body and the French Revolution (Yale University Press, 1989). Amazon»
  • Uneasy Careers and Intimate Lives: Women in Science, 1789-1979 (Rutgers University Press, 1987) with P. Abir-Am.
  • Science, Vocation and Authority in Post- Revolutionary France: Georges Cuvier (Manchester University Press, 1984).