Dr. Sean Kennedy (Modern European/French History) joined the Department in 1999; he holds a Ph.D. from York University. He teaches in the field of modern European history, including courses on the French Revolution, Modern France, European Imperialism, the Cold War and European Fascism.
Dr. Kennedy’s primary research interests are the political and intellectual history of 20th-century France. In particular, he is interested in the evolution of far-right political movements during the interwar years. He has published Reconciling France against Democracy: The Croix de Feu and the Parti Social Français (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007) and has co-edited, with Samuel Kalman of St. Francis Xavier University, The French Right between the Wars: Political and Intellectual Movements from Conservatism to Fascism (New York: Berghahn Books, 2014) He has also written articles on the French far right for French Historical Studies, French History, and Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques. He is also interested in home fronts during the two world wars and has written The Shock of War: Civilian Experiences, 1937-1945 which appeared in 2011 with the University of Toronto Press.
Dr. Kennedy’s current research project, which was supported by a SSHRC Standard Research Grant, explores the role of the French intellectual André Siegfried in shaping French perceptions of other cultures during the first half of the 20th century. He has published articles on Siegfried in The Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques and French Politics, Culture and Society. Dr. Kennedy has also presented papers at conferences in Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United States, and has reviewed books for H-France, H-Diplo (H-Net Reviews), European History Quarterly, Modern and Contemporary France, The Canadian Journal of History, and Left History.
Dr. Kennedy has been featured in a video on "Transformative Teaching" and received the Allan P. Stuart Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014. He is currently the Acting Chair of the Department of History. He will return to his role of Director of Honours, 1st July 2017.
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