Jon Cowans

Jon Cowans

Email

cowans [at] newark.rutgers.edu

Phone

973-353-3893

Office Location

Department of History
305 Conklin Hall
175 University Avenue
Newark, NJ, 07102-1814
Email: jonco58@aol.com



 

Office Hours

By arrangement

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
 

Expertise

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

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)