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Olivier Zunz

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of History
Office location and address
Nau 497
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
License d’histoire et de géographie (B.A.). Université de Paris X-Nanterre (1968).
Doctorat de troisième cycle , Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne (1977).
Doctorat d’État ès Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne (1982).
AS-HIST Exploring American Democracy with Alexis de Tocqueville as Guide
Source: U.S. Nfah - Nat'L Endowment For The Humanities
October 01, 2015 – December 31, 2016
HIUS 1501: Introductory Seminar in U.S. History
Credits: 3
Introduces the study of history intended for first- or second-year students. Seminars involve reading, discussing, and writing about different historical topics and periods, and emphasize the enhancement of critical and communication skills. Several seminars are offered each term. Not more than two Introductory Seminars may be counted toward the major in history.
HIUS 2002: American History Since 1865
Credits: 4
Studies the evolution of political, social, and cultural history of the United States from 1865 to the present.
HIUS 3131: The Emergence of Modern America, 1870-1930
Credits: 3
Analyzes the distinct characteristics of American modernity as they emerge in the period from the end of reconstruction to the Great Depression. Explores the creation of big business and large-scale bureaucratic organizations. Includes the first military-industrial complex of World War I, the invention of R & D, the growth of research universities, and the modern organization of knowledge. Describes the landscape of new large urban hinterlands; analyzes the difficult encounters of class, ethnicity, race, and gender both at home and at work; and studies the changing leisure patterns of a consumer culture.
HIUS 4501: Seminar in United States History
Credits: 4
The major seminar is a small class (not more than 15 students) intended primarily but not exclusively for history majors who have completed two or more courses relevant to the topic of the seminar. The work of the seminar results primarily in the preparation of a substantial (ca. 25 pp. in standard format) research paper. Some restrictions and prerequisites apply to enrollment. See a history advisor or the director of undergraduate studies.
HIST 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
HIUS 9028: Reading Alexis de Tocqueville
Credits: 3
Reading Democracy in America in depth, which US historians will want to do. European history graduate students will also want to explore either Tocqueville's Recollections of the 1848 revolution or The Ancien Regime and the Revolution.
HIUS 9033: Readings in the History of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
Credits: 3
The United States changed drastically from local forms of life to national institutions while keeping modern mass society democratic. Our topics are the rise of corporate America, the regulatory state, the reorganization of knowledge, and the first military-industrial complex. We will study also the urban and industrial landscape; the encounters of region, class, ethnicity, race, and gender; and the leisure patterns of a consumer culture.
HIST 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 3–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
HIST 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.

Named Officier of the French Ordre National du Mérite, 2011.

Philanthropy project jointly funded by the Ford Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the University of Virginia Bankard Fund, 2005-2010.

Visiting appointments at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris: Directeur d’Études, Centre d’Études Nord-Américaines (May 1985-96, May 1998-2001, March 2002, May 2003-2011).

President, The Tocqueville Society/La Société Tocqueville (2001-2006).

Visiting Professor, Collège de France, 1997.

U.Va., Center for Advanced Studies, 1993-94.

Seminar Director: NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers, 1989, 1992, and 2016.

U.Va. Sesquicentennial Associate, 1982; 1991.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, 1986-87.

Principal Investigator, National Endowment for the Humanities Grants, 1978-81 and 1984-87.

Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation grant, 1976-78.

Conference grants from the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (1993-94, 1997-98), the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (1998-99), the Russell Sage Foundation (1999-2000), the Florence Gould Foundation (2005), among others.