Nicole Bauer - Faculty & Adjuncts

Nicole Bauer, PhD

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Nicole Bauer, PhD
Assistant Professor of History
College of Arts & Sciences
918-631-2819 Chapman Hall Room 235


PhD – University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill MA – Yale University BA – University of California-Berkeley


I am a cultural historian of early modern France. For my current book project, I explore the changing attitudes towards secrecy in eighteenth-century France, and the development of ideas about government transparency moving into the French Revolution. I am particularly interested in pulling threads from different directions to understand these cultural changes, looking at police practices, religion, ideas about gender and transparency, espionage, legends surrounding the Bastille prison, and ideas about secrecy in Gothic literature. As an historian, I am interested in uncovering the often unexpected cultural origins of political and social movements.

Research Interests

Early Modern France
Cultural and Intellectual History
Secrecy and Transparency
Gender history
The Gothic

Teaching Interests

Early Modern and Modern Europe
History of Revolutions

Courses Taught

  • Independent Study
  • Politics & Religion in Early Europe
  • Special Topics
  • The Liberal Arts and Real Life
  • Modern Europe
  • Readings in Comparative Social and Cultural History
  • French Revolution

Professional Affiliations

  • The Coordinating Council for Women in History
  • The Society for French Historical Studies
  • The Western Society for French History