Lynn Hunt Named 2019 Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecturer



Lynn Hunt. Photograph by Scarlett Freund.

ACLS is pleased to announce that historian Lynn Hunt, Distinguished Research Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, will deliver the Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture at the 2019 ACLS Annual Meeting. ACLS will celebrate the centennial of its founding in 2019. This annual meeting will be an occasion to celebrate the progress of the humanities over the past century.

Born in Panama and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Hunt has her BA from Carleton College (1967) and her MA (1968) and PhD (1973) from Stanford University. Before coming to the University of California, Los Angeles, she taught at the University of Pennsylvania (1987-1998) and the University of California, Berkeley (1974-1987). She was also a visiting professor at the Ecoles des Hautes Etudes in France, at Beijing University, and at the Universities of Utrecht and Amsterdam.

Hunt's most recent books examine early eighteenth-century views of the world's religions, The Book that Changed Europe (with Margaret Jacob and Wijnand Mijinhardt, 2010), current trends in Writing History in the Global Era (2014) and the enduring uses of history in History: Why It Matters (2018). Pre-eminent among historians of the French Revolution, she has written extensively on this topic. Her publications include Revolution and Urban Politics in Provincial France (1978); Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution (1984); The Family Romance of the French Revolution (1992), and Inventing Human Rights (2007). She has also written about historical method and epistemology: The New Cultural History (1989); with Joyce Appleby and Margaret Jacob, Telling the Truth about History (l994); with Jacques Revel, Histories: French Constructions of the Past (1995); and with Victoria Bonnell, Beyond the Cultural Turn (1999); and Measuring Time: Making History (2008). In addition, she has edited collections on the history of eroticism, pornography, and human rights; co-authored a western civilization textbook, The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures (5th ed. 2016); and co-authored a textbook on the French Revolution and Napoleon (2017). Her books have been translated into 14 languages.

In addition to the 18 books she has authored, co-authored, or edited, she is also the author of over 60 articles and book chapters. While most of these focus on the French Revolution, several are directly concerned with issues of gender. Her 1989 articles "Masculin et féminine dans la révolution franciaise” and "Forum: Beyond Roles, Beyond Spheres: Thinking about Gender in the Early Republic" (with Linda Kerber among others) helped bring gender politics into the heated debate occasioned by the bicentennial of the French Revolution. She has used the French Revolution as a springboard to explore the history of human rights, as well as the rights of women.

Hunt was president of the American Historical Association in 2002. She served on the board of the American Council of Learned Societies from 2005-09. Hunt's accomplishments have been recognized by her peers in numerous ways. Among her many honors, she was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Member of the American Philosophical Society, and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.

Named for the first chairman of ACLS (1920-26), the Haskins Prize Lecture series is entitled “A Life of Learning” and celebrates scholarly careers of distinctive importance. The lectures are published in the ACLS Occasional Paper series and made available on the ACLS website (see Haskins Prize Lectures).