Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller. Associate Professor
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(205) 975-6531
Heritage Hall 360Q

Research and Teaching Interests: The history of capitalism, early modern Europe, and the French Revolution

Office Hours: W 2:00 - 4:50 p.m.; and by appointment

Education:
  • BA, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1991
  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1994
  • PhD, UCLA, 1999

Born and raised near downtown Chicago, I became fascinated with French history as a student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, when I learned about all of the revolutionary upheavals in the country’s past. I’ve since become an historian of Old Regime France and the Revolution.

I am currently writing a book about the provincial assemblies of landowners set up by the French monarchy to administer most of the realm in the 1770s and 1780s. The book presents the conflict generated by the monarchy’s most ambitious effort to reform its institutions and by the noble and bourgeois office holders and seigneurs whose vested interests that effort threatened. The project examines the revolutionary context engulfing the monarchy as it collapsed.

I am completing a second book about the world history of agriculture. The book takes up the question as to why a few societies developed economically while most did not. It also raises the related issues of the environmental sustainability of capitalist agriculture reliant on inputs—such as genetically modified seeds sold by Monsanto and other corporations—and of the role of this agriculture in perpetuating the stagnation of the global economy.


  • The Era of the French Revolution and Napoleon
  • Graduate Seminar: The Old Regime and the French Revolution
  • Europe in the Seventeenth Century: Absolutism, Revolution, and Science
  • Western and World Civilizations I: Prehistory to 1648
  • The French Enlightenment: Society and Letters

Books:
Articles:
  • "Provincial Assemblies, Fiscal Reform and the Language of Politics in the 1770s and 1780s," French Historical Studies 35 (No. 3, 2012).
  • "The Economy of France in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Market Opportunity and Labor Productivity in Languedoc," Rural History 20 (No. 1, 2009).
  • Scholarships: the American Philosophical Society, Fulbright, and the Mellon Foundation
  • American Historical Association
  • Society for French Historical Studies
  • Western Society for French History
  • Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, 1750-1850
  • Social Science History Association