Jacob Melish joined UNC in 2011 and is an Assistant Professor. He received his PhD at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor in 2005, and has a graduate degree from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and a BA from Tulane University, New Orleans. He has taught at the University of Cincinnati, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and two private women’s institutions, Simmons College and Wheelock College. His research fields include early modern France, women and gender relations, urban history, law and society, the French colonial Atlantic, and the social aspects of religion. His book manuscript, which is under revision, examines how working women, along with men and the courts, maintained public order in a city that did not have much of a police force (late-seventeenth-century Paris). His next monograph project examines the role of working women in running the urban economy and “civilizing” men in early modern France and its Atlantic world. He is also writing an article examining the interaction of social, cultural, and religious history in the life and printed representations of a used-clothes dealer and her colleagues in early modern Paris.
He has published in French Historical Studies and has a chapter accepted in an edited volume on women and business in early modern France. He has presented or is scheduled to present conference papers at the annual meetings of the Society for French Historical Studies, the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, the Centre International de Rencontres sur le XVIIème Siècle, and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, among others.
His teaching fields include early modern Europe, sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, particularly France and England; women and gender; the colonial Atlantic world; and France since 1500. Courses he is or will likely soon be offering at UNC include the Reformation, Tudor-Stuart England, the Enlightenment, modern France, the European history survey, and the second half of the women’s history survey, among others. His teaching experience also includes both halves of the world history survey, and courses on gender and colonialism, religion and the Renaissance, the French Revolution, and the Atlantic world, 1500-1800.
Born in the United States, he grew up in Liverpool, England, and has family there and in France.
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