About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Lethbridge, where I teach courses on early modern Europe, and the Age of Revolutions. I specialize in the history of disaster, crisis (including revolution), and the environment in the eighteenth century, and I have interests in transnational history, and women and gender studies.

I earned my PhD in 2014 from Florida State University where I was a fellow of the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution, and where I specialized in eighteenth-century France and the Atlantic. My current book project is a transnational study of the Plague of Provence of 1720 (“Great Plague of Marseille”), one of the last outbreaks of plague in Western Europe. By tracing responses to the threat of infection throughout a network of major eighteenth-century port cities, I explore the ways in which the crisis influenced society, politics, and commerce beyond France, in neighboring regions, and in the Atlantic and Pacific colonies.

I am also the editor of a volume on disaster and risk in the Gulf South, forthcoming in January 2018 (publisher’s website & Amazon). In my research and in the classroom, I aim to tie my work to the present as much as possible – to emphasize the relevance of historical study in the modern world. This edited volume, then, is a product of these efforts, and of my personal interest in the region in which I grew up.

Vue du cours pendant la peste de 1720, by Michel Serre (Musée des beaux-arts de Marseille)

I have conducted archival research in cities across the Atlantic, including Paris, Aix, Marseille, Madrid, Cádiz, Seville, London, Lisbon, Venice, Genoa, Rome, New Orleans, and Washington DC, and I have presented my research at annual meetings for the American Historical Association, the American Association for the History of Medicine, the Society for French Historical Studies, the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, and others. I am also co-founder, executive editor, and contributor for the academic blog, www.AgeofRevolutions.com, which explores themes and moments in the history of revolutions. A first generation Cuban-American, I was raised in Miami, Florida, where I discovered my passion for history, and became interested in revolutionary and disaster studies. For more on this, see my post, “The Cuban Revolution & Me.”

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Market Day in Cádiz, Carlo Bossoli

Contact:
Cindy Ermus, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of History
University of Lethbridge
Email: cindy.ermus@uleth.ca
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