Lynn Hunt

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Lynn Avery Hunt (born November 16, 1945) is the Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her area of expertise is the French Revolution, but she is also well known for her work in European cultural history on such topics as gender.[1] Her 2007 work, Inventing Human Rights, has been heralded as the most comprehensive analysis of the history of human rights. She served as president of the American Historical Association in 2002.[2]

Born in Panama and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, she has her B.A. from Carleton College (1967) and her M.A. (1968) and Ph.D. (1973) from Stanford University.[3] Before coming to UCLA she taught at the University of California, Berkeley (1974–1987) and the University of Pennsylvania (1987–1998).[4]

Prof. Hunt teaches French and European history and the history of history as an academic discipline. Her specialties include the French Revolution, gender history, cultural history and historiography. Her current research projects include a collaborative study of an early 18th-century work on comparative religion that appeared in 7 volumes with 275 engravings by the artist Bernard Picart.[5]

In 1982 Hunt received a Guggenheim Fellowship to study French History.[6]

Hunt was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2003.[7] In 2014 she was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.[8]



  • Revolution and urban politics in provincial France. 1978.
  • The Failure of the Liberal Republic in France, 1795–1799: The Road to Brumaire, coauthored with David Lansky and Paul Hanson in The Journal of Modern History Vol. 51, No. 4, December 1979.
  • Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution (1984)
  • The New Cultural History (1989)
  • The Family Romance of the French Revolution (1992)
  • Telling the Truth about History (W. W. Norton, 1994)
  • Histories: French Constructions of the Past (1995)
  • The French Revolution and Human Rights: A Brief Documentary History(1996)
  • Beyond the Cultural Turn (1999)
  • Liberty, equality, fraternity: exploring the French Revolution [book, CD, and website] (2001)
  • The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures (2005)
  • Inventing Human Rights: A History (W. W. Norton, 2007)*Inventing Human Rights: A History (W. W. Norton, 2007)
  • La storia culturale nell'età globale, Edizioni ETS, Pisa, 2010
  • Writing History in the Global Era (W. W. Norton, 2014)
  • History: Why it Matters (2018)

Book reviews[edit]

Year Review article Work(s) reviewed
2019 Hunt, Lynn (March 7–20, 2019). "The man who questioned everything". The New York Review of Books. 66 (4): 17–19.
  • Curran, Andrew S. Diderot and the art of thinking freely.
  • Zaretsky, Robert. Catherine and Diderot : the Empress, the philosopher, and the Fate of the Enlightenment.


  1. ^ "Presidential Lectures: Lynn Hunt".
  2. ^ "Lynn Hunt | AHA".
  3. ^ "Lynn Hunt | UCLA History". Retrieved 2021-09-14.
  4. ^ "Lynn Hunt | UCLA History". Retrieved 2021-05-24.
  5. ^ Jarvis, Katie; Hunt, Lynn (2020). "ASECS at 50: Interview with Lynn Hunt". Eighteenth-Century Studies. 53 (4): 547–554. doi:10.1353/ecs.2020.0063. ISSN 1086-315X. S2CID 226588439.
  6. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellows: Lynn Hunt". Archived from the original on January 4, 2013.
  7. ^ "APS Member History". Retrieved 2021-09-14.
  8. ^ "British Academy announces 42 new fellows". Times Higher Education. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.

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