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

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

Office Hours: M/W/F 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


  • 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 conflicts generated by the monarchy’s most ambitious effort to reform its institutions. The conflict resulted from the noble and bourgeois office holders and seigneurs whose vested interests were threatened by the new administration of assemblies. In this way, the book examines the revolutionary context engulfing the monarchy as it collapsed in 1789.

Recent Courses

  • 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

Select Publications



  • Stephen Miller, “Venal Offices, Provincial Assemblies and the French Revolution,” French History 28 (No. 3, 2014):343-65.
  • Stephne Miller, "The Economy of France in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Market Opportunity and Labor Productivity in Languedoc," Rural History 20 (No. 1, 2009).

Academic Distinctions & Professional Memberships

  • 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

Student Groups