Jeff Horn, PHD

Jeff Horn, PHD


Department : History

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Phone : 718-862-7129

Office : MGL 413


PHD, University of Pennsylvania
MA, Johns Hopkins University
BA, Johns Hopkins University


I teach European and world history from 1500 to the present.  I publish widely on subjects related to the Industrial and French Revolutions.  My teaching interests include global terrorism, the rise of European empires, and genocide, particularly the Holocaust.


  • The Industrial Revolution: History, Documents, and Key Questions.  Under contract with ABC-CLIO.  Due March 2016.

  • A Life in Revolution: Alexandre Rousselin (1773-1837).  A short biography of a witness to the era of Revolution.  New book project.

  • Economic Development in Early-Modern France, 1650-1800: The Privilege of Liberty.  Cambridge University Press.  In press, forthcoming 2015.
  • “French Economic Development in the Mediterranean: An Early Modern Success Story,” French History 28:4 (2014), forthcoming.

  • “Lasting Economic Structures: successes, failures, legacies,” Oxford Handbook of the French Revolution, ed. David Andress, forthcoming.
  •  “La police des ouvriers sous l'Empire : vers un ordre social européen ?" L’Empire : une expérience de construction européenne ? , ed. Jean-Pierre Jessenne (Paris: Armand Colin, 2014), forthcoming.

  •  “Machine-breaking and the ‘Threat from Below’ in Great Britain and France during the early Industrial Revolution,” in Disturbing the Peace: Riot, Resistance and Rebellion in Europe, 1381 to the Present, ed. Brett Bowden and Michael T. Davis (London: Palgrave, 2014), forthcoming.

  • “A Different Triangular Trade – from the Antilles to the Levant via Marseille,” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History: Selected Papers of the 2012 Annual Meeting 40 (2013), forthcoming.

Professional Experience

  • Western Society for French History: President, 2013-14; Vice-President, 2012-13; Prizes Committee, 2010-12;Governing Council, 2007-10, 2002-05;Program Committee, 2008 Meeting, Québec; Editorial Board for the Proceedings, 2004-06;Ad-hoc committee on constitutional revision, 2005.
  • Horn served as Director of the Manhattan College Holocaust Resource Center from 2007-11 and Associate Director from 2000-07.  He is on the Board of Consultors of the Manhattan College Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center.
  • External reviewer for tenure and promotion application (2013, 2009); History Programs reviewed (2013, 2011, 2010); Proposals reviewed for the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends Program (2012),  National Science Foundation, Science and Technology Studies Program (2010) and for a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Workshop (2006).

  • Articles reviewed for Economic History Review, European Legacy, French Historical Studies, French History, Historical Materialism, International Review of Social History, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, and Technology & Culture.

  • Books reviewed for Princeton University Press, Harvard University Press, University Press of New England, Kent State University Press, Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, D.C. Heath and Company, Pearson Education, Calmann & King, Broadview Press and Wadsworth-Cengage Learning.

  • Society for French Historical Studies:Book review editor for the on-line discussion group H-France, covering the Revolutionary era to the mid-nineteenth century, 2004-09 and Program Committee, 2008 Meeting, New Brunswick, NJ.

  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies:Chair, Travel Fellowship Committee, 1999-2000 and Travel Fellowship Committee, 1998-99.

  • Taught four workshops as part of the Teaching American History program targeted to Yonkers High School and Middle School teachers (2007-10).
  • Taught multi-national student groups in the IBIS Bilingual Program in History at the Université de Rouen I on "Napoleon Bonaparte: the Legacy of the French Revolution and the Foundation of the Modern French State," in March 2002, 2003 and 2004.

Publications & Professional Activities

  • Horn has written or edited four books: "Qui parle pour la nation?" Les élections et les élus de la Champagne méridionale, 1765-1830 (Société des études robespierristes, 2004),; The Path Not Taken: French Industrialization in the Age of Revolution, 1750-1830 (MIT Press, 2006, paperback edition, 2008), The Industrial Revolution (Greenwood Press, 2007), and edited (with Leonard N. Rosenband and Merritt Roe Smith) Reconceptualizing the Industrial Revolution (MIT Press, 2010; reprinted 2012),
  • Recent articles and book chapters (published since 2008) include: "'A Beautiful Madness': Privilege, the Machine Question and Industrial Development in Normandy in 1789," Past and Present 217 (2012),, “Marseille et la question du mercantilisme : privilège, liberté et l’économie politique en France, 1650-1750," Histoire, économie & société (2011/2), 95-112; “Privilege and the Machine Question: the Hautes Justices of Normandy in 1789,” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History: Selected Papers of the 2008 Annual Meeting 36 (2009), 109-120; “La reception normand des négociations commerciales avec l’Angleterre 1801-2,” in Jean-Pierre Jessenne, Renaud Morieux, and Pascal Dupuy, eds., Les traités  et les relations entre les peoples.  Constructions, enjeux et réceptions : le cas franco-anglais (17173-1802) (Paris: Société des études robespierristes, 2008); “« Mille fusils par jour » : l’économie politique de la production militaire à Paris durant l’ère de la Terreur,” in Michel Biard, ed., Les politiques de la Terreur (Paris: Société des études robespierristes, 2008).
  • Previous articles and book chapters include: Proceedings of the Western Society for French History (2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 1999, 1997); Labour/Le Travail (2005); Perspectives on Science (2005); James R. Farr, ed., The Industrial Revolution in Europe (2002); French Historical Studies (2002);, Annales Historiques de la Révolution française (2001 and 1998); Jean-Pierre Jessenne, ed., Du Directoire au Consulat (2001); Journal of Urban History (2000); Technology & Culture (1998); Philippe Bourdin and Bernard Gainot, eds., La République directoriale: Actes du colloque de Clermont-Ferrand (22, 23 et 24 mai 1997) (1998); The Consortium on Revolutionary Europe 1750-1850: Selected Papers (1996, 1995, 1994); French History (1995) and History of European Ideas (1991).

  • 50 book reviews have appeared in: American Historical Review, Social History, Metascience, History and Technology, English Historical Review, French History, Physics World, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Journal of Modern History, International Labor and Working-Class History, The Historian, The Canadian Journal of History, History of European Ideas, European Legacy, Business History Review and on H-France, H-Genocide and EH-Net.

Conference Papers and invited talks (since 2008):

  • “Privilege and Urban Space,” a roundtable on “Cities in Motion: French and Francophone Urban History,” presented to the Western Society for French History in October 2013.

  • “A Different Triangular Trade – from the Antilles to the Levant via Marseille,” presented to the Western Society for French History in October 2012.

  • “La police des ouvriers sous l'Empire : vers un ordre social européen ?" presented at the international conference « L’Empire : une expérience de construction européenne ? » in Lille and Brussels in October 2011.

  • “Privileged No More: the Port of Marseille’s Loss of Privileges after 1750,” presented to the Western Society for French History in October 2010.  
  • Seminar on The Path Not Taken: French Industrialization in the Age of Revolution, 1750-1830 presented to the Institut de Recherches Historiques du Septentrion (Université de Lille III) in June 2010.

  • “The Paradoxes of Privilege in 1789" presented to the Johns Hopkins University European History Seminar in November 2009. 

  • “Seigneurs and Eighteenth-Century Industrial Development in Normandy,” presented to the Western Society for French History in October 2009.
  • “The Practice of Mercantilism in France during the long seventeenth century,” presented at the conference “Rethinking Mercantilism” at Columbia University in March 2009.

  • “Privilege and the Machine Question: the Hautes Justices of Normandy in 1789,” presented to the Western Society for French History in November 2008.
  • “Éviter la révolution: la voie français à l’industrialisation,” presented to the Seminaire avancé de recherché of the Department d'histoire économique at the Université de Genève in April 2008.

  • Twenty-eight additional presentations and invited talks between 1993 and 2007.

Honors & Awards

Recipient of the Martin Rollins Interfaith Brotherhood Award from the Riverdale Jewish Community Relations Council, 2011.

Professional Memberships

  • Economic History Association
  • Economic History Society
  • Société des études robespierristes
  • Society for French Historical Studies
  • Western Society for French History.


  • Faculty Summer Grant, 2014.
  • University Associate, New York University – Faculty Resource Network, Summer 2011.
  • Faculty Summer Grant, Manhattan College, 2010.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend, 2009.
  • Scholar-in-Residence, New York University – Faculty Resource Network, Spring 2008.
  • Faculty Summer Grant, Manhattan College, 2006.
  • Senior Fellow, Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002-03.
  • Faculty Summer Grant, Manhattan College, 2002.
  • National Science Foundation Grant SBR-9810232 for "Industrial and Scientific Policy in France during the Age of Revolution, 1775-1820," 1999-2000.
  • Researcher, National Science Foundation Grant SBR-9310699, "The Cultural Foundations of the Industrial Revolution," directed by Margaret Jacob, December 1993-January 1994, Summer 1995.


  • “Early-modern Mercantilism: Success or Failure?”  World History: Enduring Questions. ABC-CLIO (2011).
  • "Mercantilism: Early-Modern Capitalism." World History: The Modern Era. ABC-CLIO (2010).
  • “The Economic History of Revolutionary France,” for United States Academic Decathlon, Economics Resource Guide (2009-10).
  • Associate Editor for Lynn Hunt and Jack Censer, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution, a CD-ROM and web-based project published separately by  Pennsylvania State University Press in 2001.  (


Courses Taught/Teaching

FREN 219     Keeping French Alive

FREN 320     Special Topic in French and/ or Francophone Culture

HIST 150     Roots: History -- Slavery & Liberation

HIST 200     Introduction to the Study of History

HIST 218     World History since 1600

HIST 305     Early Modern Europe

HIST 307     Genocide and Racism

HIST 314     Modern Africa

HIST 326     Diplomatic History of Europe 1815-1914

HIST 351     Age of the French Revolution

HIST 352     Nineteenth-Century Europe

HIST 357     Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

HIST 358     Industrial Revolution

HIST 377     Science, Technology and Society in the Industrial Age

HIST 390     Terror and Terrorism: the Uses of Political Violence

HIST 490     Senior Seminar: Consumption

LLRN 203      Roots: History