Nicholas Dew

Department of History and Classical Studies


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855 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada
Montreal, Quebec
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HIST 195 FYS: Sources of World History
HIST 214 Intro to European History
HIST 390 Eighteenth-Century France
HIST 679 Historical Methods

DPhil Oxford University, Modern History
MA Oxford University
MSc Oxford University, Economic and Social History
BA Oxford University, Modern History



Nicholas Dew's interests are in the cultural history of Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, particularly the global or trans-regional aspects of Europe's intellectual history. His first book, Orientalism in Louis XIV's France (Oxford University Press, 2009), maps the place of scholarly orientalism within the intellectual culture of France in the late seventeenth century. His current book project is a history of the trans-Atlantic dimensions of French science in the period c.1670-c.1730. With James Delbourgo, he edited the collection of essays Science and Empire in the Atlantic World (Routledge, 2008). In 2008-09, he was a Dibner Fellow in the History of Science and Technology at the Huntington Library, and an Inter-Americas Fellow at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. In 2009 he was awarded a SSHRC Standard Research Grant for his project "Science and Empire in the French Atlantic World".

Nicholas Dew is a co-applicant in the French Atlantic History Group (which has received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the FQRSC); and a co-applicant in the SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Cluster "Situating Science". He was also a collaborator in the SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative, "Making Publics". He also currently chairs the McGill History and Philosophy of Science program.

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Teaching and Graduate Supervision

Nicholas Dew supervises graduate students in Early Modern Europe (France); Early Modern Science; French Atlantic World. Undergraduate courses include: Hist-214 Introduction to European History; Hist-390 Eighteenth Century France; Hist-350 Science and the Enlightenment; Hist-365 Western Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries; Hist-595 Honours seminar on Early Modern Europe; HPSC-500 Seminar in History and Philosophy of Science; Hist-399 Historical Methods; and 600-level methods courses.