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John S. Hill, Ph.D.

John S. Hill, Ph.D.

Title: Professor

Department: Civic Engagement

Office: Faculty Center 27

Phone: (610) 647-4400 Ext: 3477

Education:Ph.D., Comparative History, Brandeis University
M.A., History, University of Washington
B.A., History, University of Washington


Courses Taught: 

  • HIST 115-116: World Civilizations I, II
  • HIST 200: Paris and Berlin between the Wars: The Twin Capitals of Modernism
  • HIST 207: The Historian’s Craft
  • HIST 231: Europe in the Age of Discovery and Reform, 1450-1750
  • HIST 234: Revolutionary Europe, 1750-1914
  • HIST 235: Europe since 1914
  • HIST 214: Honors: Refugees
  • HIST 300: Honors: The Holocaust
  • HIST 239: Film History
  • POL 216: Reels of Change: Understanding Globalization through Film
  • HIST 219: The First World War
  • MES 201: Wars of the Middle East
  • POL 211: Violence

Research Interests: 

Works in progress:

“Hopeful Monster’: Guy Marcheret’s Passage Through the Violent Twentieth Century.” (Book manuscript)

“Between Shadow and Light:  Itineraries from WWII to the Fourth Republic.”  (In development)

“Evan Seys and the Black Boy Charles:  Itineraries of the 17th Century Slave Trade between Loango, Jamaica, and London.”


“‘Sad Tales of the Death of Kings’:  The High Politics of Royal Impersonation in Early Modern England,” in Philippe Romanski and Aissatou Sy-Wonyu, Trompe d’oeil: Forgery and Falseness in History (Rennes, 2003)

“Historical Fictions:  The Invention of Historical Events for Political Purposes,” in Peter Farrugia, ed., The River of History (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2005)

“Germany, the United States, and De Gaulle’s Strategy for Economic Reconstruction, 1944-1946,” in Robert O. Paxton and Nicholas Whal, eds., De Gaulle and the United State: A Bicentennial Reappraisal (Oxford and Providence: Berg, 1994)

“American Aid to French Reconstruction:  From Lend-Lease to the Marshall Plan, 1944-1947,” Journal of Modern History, September 1992

Various book reviews in The Journal of American HistoryThe Journal of Modern HistoryThe International History ReviewThe Journal of Interdisciplinary HistoryArmed Forces and SocietySocial HistoryHistory: Reviews of New Books, and The Business Library Review

Conferences, Papers and Workshops:

“The Russian Emigre Community in Paris as a Milieu for Conspiracy and Disorder,” Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies, Houston, Texas, March 2007

“An American Javert in Liberation-era Paris,” Western Society for French History, Colorado Springs, October 2005

“Pierre Laval in American Eyes, 1931-1945,” Society for French Historical Studies, Stanford University, March 2005

“The Deepening Cleavage: Frederick Mellinger as a Cultural Intermediary between France and America,” Society for French Historical Studies, Paris, June 2004

“Some Dangers of Resistance and Collaboration:  The Case of Raymonde Beure,” Society for French Historical Studies, Chapel Hill, NJ, March 2001

“Collaborative Undergraduate Research: A Faculty Adviser’s Perspective,” National Institutes of Health Extramural Associates Regional Research Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, 5 October 2000

Historical Fictions: The Falsification of History for Political Purposes,” Conference on The Lessons of History, Wilfrid Laurier University – Brantford Campus, Brantford, Ontario, 30 September 2000

“German SD Operations Against the French Resisance in the Paris Area, Summer 1994,” Society for Military History, Quantico, VA, 1 May 2000

“Anonymous Denunciations in Wartime France,” Conference on Silence and Expression, Humanities Research Center, Texas A&M University, 1 April 2000

Supervision of Undergraduate Research: 

“The Acceleration of European Political Violence in 1934: The View from London and Washington.”

“The Reptilian Service Industry in the Global Economy:  The International Commerce in Drugs, Toxic Wastes, Body Parts, and Sexual Gratification.” (Faculty supervisor of SEPCHE-funded student research project.)

“Philadelphia’s Response to Public Health Emergencies:  Yellow Fever (1793), Cholera (1832), Influenza (1918-1919), Polio (1940s-1950s) and AIDS (1980s-1990s).” (Faculty supervior of National Institutes of Health-funded student research project.)

Professional Memberships:

American Historical Association

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