Profile: Jon Cowans

Associate Professor

Faculty
Department of History

Research Interests: 20th-century Europe; politics, culture, and communications; history of France.


 

  • Courses Taught

    Undergraduate
        
    Film and History

    Cinema & Society in the 20th Century

    Portugal and Its Empire

    History of Western Civilization

    Capitalism and Socialism

    The West, Islam, and Middle East

    Graduate

    European Social and Economic History: "Capitalism and Socialism"

    Comparative World Colonialism

    The West, Islam, and Middle East

  • Education

    Ph.D.  Modern European History, Stanford University, 1994
    M.A.   Modern European History, Stanford University, 1991
    B.S.   International Affairs, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1988
     

  • Publications

    To Speak for the People: Public Opinion and the Problem of Legitimacy in the French Revolution, (Routledge, 2001)

     

    Early Modern Spain: A Documentary History (University of Pennsylvania Press 2003), editor/translator

     

    Modern Spain: A Documentary History (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003), editor/translator

     

    “On Condition of Contrition: French Reactions to American Films on the Vietnam War, 1978-1987,” European History Quarterly (forthcoming 2012)

     

    “A Deepening Disbelief: The American Movie Hero in Vietnam, 1958-1968,” Journal of American-East Asian Relations 17 (2010), 324-351

     

    “Black and White on the Silver Screen: Views of Interracial Romance in French Films and Reviews since the 1980s,” French Politics, Culture and Society 28:3 (Winter 2010)

     

    "Fear and Loathing in Paris: The Reception of Opinion Polling in France, 1938-1977," Social Science History 26:1 (Spring 2002), 71-104

     

    "Habermas and French History: The Public Sphere and the Problem of Legitimacy," French History (June 1999), 134-60

     

    "Visions of the Postwar: The Politics of Memory and Expectation in 1940s France," History and Memory (Fall 1998), 68-101

     

    "Political Culture and Cultural Politics: The Reconstruction of French Radio after the Second World War," Journal of Contemporary History (January 1996), 145-70

     

    "French Public Opinion and the Founding of the Fourth Republic," French Historical Studies (Spring 1991), 62-95

     

    Review of Jeffrey Jackson, Making Jazz French: Music and Modern Life in Interwar Paris (Duke University Press, 2003), in French Politics, Culture, and Society (Spring 2005), 141-5

     

    "Jacobins," Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2008)

     

    Review of Vivian Gruder: The Notables and the Nation: The Political Schooling of the French, 1787-1788 (Harvard University Press, 2007) in American Historical Review 114:3 (June 2009)

  • Expertise

    20th-century Europe; politics, culture, and communications; history of France

  • 973-353-3893
  • jonco58@aol.com
  • Department of History
    305 Conklin Hall
    175 University Avenue
    Newark, NJ, 07102-1814

     

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