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Sean Marrs


Sean is a third 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. He is currently working on an article on the training of police spies in early modern France. 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.” Accepted to the Society for the Study of French History Conference, London, United Kingdom, 2020. Conference was delayed until 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.

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