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Sean Marrs


Sean is a Fourth year Ph.D. student under the supervision of Andrew Jainchill. He is researching state surveillance in eighteenth century France. He is analysing the role played by the Paris police in tracking foreigners who arrived in the French capital as well as the anti-espionage techniques used to uncover spies. Sean has also worked as a research assistant to Andrew Jainchill transcribing the writing of the Marquis d’Argenson.

Selected Publications

Conference Presentations

  • “Royal Power and police surveillance in eighteenth century Paris.” Presented at the Royal Studies Network Conference, online, 2020.
  • “Flies on the Walls: Power, coercion, and counterespionage in eighteenth century Paris.” The Society for the Study of French History Conference, London, United Kingdom, 2021.
Awards and recognition
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2020.
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Government of Ontario, 2018-2019.
  • Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence, 2018.

Department of History, Queen's University

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