Lynn A. Hunt
Position: Chair of the Standing Committee, Educational Advisory Board Member
Profession: Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History, University of California, Los Angeles
Member of Standing Committee
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.