Doina Pasca Harsanyi

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Doina Pasca Harsanyi received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001. Her BA is from the University of Timisoara, Romania, in French Language and Literature. She joined the faculty at CMU in 2002.

Office: Powers 242A
Phone: (989) 774–1155
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Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Harsanyi’s research interests include ​topics in French revolutionary and Napoleonic history, French-American relations, the movement of ideas across the Atlantic during the Enlightenment and the modern era, and the history of the nobility throughout the revolutionary era. Her current research project explores different aspects of Italy under Napoleonic occupation.

Work in progress: Working For and Against Napleon: The Case of Parma, 1796–1815

Recent Publications

“The Utility of Doing Nothing: Balzac’s Thoughts on Nobility in Historical Context,” Nineteenth Century Studies 26 (2013), forthcoming.

Lessons from America: Liberal French Nobles in Exile, 1793–1798 (State College: Penn State University Press, 2010).

Le goût de la révolte, in collaboration with Anne Quinney (Paris: Mercure de France, 2008).

“How to Make a Revolution Without Firing a Shot,” French History 2/22 (June 2008): 197–216.

“Literature to the Rescue: The Portrayal of the Nobility in Balzac’s Novels,” Selected Papers of the Consortium on Revolutionary Europe (2005): 119–132.

“The Memoirs of Alexandre de Lameth and the Reconciliation between Nobility and Revolution,” In The French Nobility and the Eighteenth Century: Reassessments and New Approaches, ed. Jay Smith (Penn State University Press, 2006).

“A Resilient Elite: Survival and Decadence,” Scandinavian Journal of History 33:3/4 (September 2005): 286–297.

“The Good Aristocrat Versus the Rogue: The Marquise de La Tour du Pin and the Count de Tilly in America,” Selected Papers of the Consortium on Revolutionary Europe 33 (2002): 146–156.

Current Courses​

Fall 2015

  • HST 102WI - The Development of Western Civilization: From 1700 to the Present
  • HST 346 - The World of Versailles
  • HST 347 - French Revolution & Napoleonic Period​