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History | Steven D. Kale

Steven Kale

Professor of History

Wilson-Short Hall 338



Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1987

Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Kale teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in 19th-century Europe, modern France, and postwar Europe. His research focuses on modern French history, where much of his work addresses the various strains of conservative ideology along with the intellectual, social, and politics life of 19th-century elites.


Professor Kale is the author of Legitimism and the Reconstruction of French Society, 1852–1883 (Louisiana State University Press, 1992) and French Salons: High Society and Political Sociability from the Old Regime to the Revolution of 1848 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004). He has published articles in such journals as French Historical Studies, French History, the Journal of Women’s History, Historical Reflections, and Modern Intellectual History. He is currently working on a book entitled Elusive Traditions: French Pan-European Encounters and the History of Ideas (1800-1900), which explores how nineteenth-century liberal and conservative social thought in France developed partly through transnational encounters.