Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Andrew Jainchill 

Associate Professor and Graduate Chair
Early Modern Europe


Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 78998
Fax: 613-533-6298
Office: Watson Hall, Room 234



Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley, 2004
B.A., Reed College, 1996  


Andrew Jainchill's general field of study is early modern Europe, with primary research interests in eighteenth-century France, the French Revolution, and the history of political thought. He is the author of Reimagining Politics after the Terror: The Republican Origins of French Liberalism (Cornell University Press, 2008) as well as articles and essays in a number of venues. He has been a visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) and, during the 2013-14 academic year, a residential fellow at the Institut d'études avancées de Paris. He serves on the editorial board of Modern Intellectual History and has previously done so for French Historical Studies. He is currently working on three major research projects: (1) a SSHRC-funded study of French political thought during the first half of the eighteenth century, titled “Sovereignty and Reform in the Early Enlightenment;” (2) an intellectual biography of the political writer and Minister of Foreign Affairs, René-Louis de Voyer de Paulmy, marquis d’Argenson; (3) a critical edition of d’Argenson’s most important text, Considérations sur le gouvernement ancien et présent de la France.

Courses Taught


History 201: Early Modern Europe
History 319: The Expansion of Europe and the Creation of the Atlantic World
History 349: Early Modern Intellectual History
History 402: The State in Early Modern Europe
History 422: The French Revolution
History 424: The French Enlightenment


History 804: The Atlantic World
History 813: Topics in Modern European History
History 886: Topics in Early Modern European History

Major Publications:

“Genèse d’une pensée politique : les manuscrits des Considérations sur le gouvernement ancien et présent de la France du marquis d’Argenson” (forthcoming).

“Politics, patronage, and peace : the correspondence of Voltaire and the Marquis d’Argenson,” Revue Voltaire n° 16 (2016).

“The Transformation of Republicanism in the Sister Republics,” in The Political Culture of the Sister Republics, 1794-1806 ed. Joris Oddens, Mart Rutjes, Erik Jacobs (Amsterdam University Press, 2015).

“An Unpublished Letter from the Marquis d’Argenson to Voltaire,” Revue Voltaire, n° 14 (2014): 199-213.

“1685 and the French Revolution,” in The French Revolution in Global Context, ed. Suzanne Desan, Lynn Hunt, and William Nelson (Cornell University Press, 2013).

“Liberal Republicanism after the Terror: Charles-Guillaume Théremin and Germaine de Staël,” in Pluralism and the Idea of the Republic in France, ed. Stuart Jones and Julian Wright (Palgrave, 2012).

“The Republican Roots of Liberty in French Liberalism,” in French Liberalism: From Montesquieu to the Present, ed. Raf Geenens and Helena Rosenblatt (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Contribution to forum ("regards croisés") “Si l'on parlait de la République?,” Annales Historiques de la Révolution Française no. 364 (April-June 2011): 211-38 (with Dan Edelstein, Frédéric Régent, Pierre Serna and Anne Simonin).

“Political Economy, the State, and Revolution in Eighteenth-Century France,” Modern Intellectual History, 6, no. 2 (2009): 425-444 (review essay).

Reimagining Politics after the Terror: The Republican Origins of French Liberalism, Cornell University Press, 2008.

(with Samuel Moyn) “French Democracy between Totalitarianism and Solidarity: Pierre Rosanvallon and Revisionist Historiography,” Journal of Modern History 76, no. 1 (2004): 107-154.

“The Constitution of the Year III and the Persistence of Classical Republicanism,” French Historical Studies 26, no. 3 (2003): 399-435.