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First Name
Alyssa Goldstein
Last Name
California State University - San Marcos
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Haitian history (17th - 21st C), French Revolution, Haitian Revolution, Atlantic Revolutions, comparative revolutions, Enlightenment and slavery, history of race, French-Jewish history, colonialism in film, slavery in film, history and video games
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About Me

Prof. Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall earned a B.A. in intellectual history and political philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Stanford University. Before coming to CSUSM, she was Lucius N. Littauer Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2000, Prof. Sepinwall was one of thirty early-career scholars selected to participate in the International Seminar on the Atlantic World at Harvard University. Her research specialties include the French and Haitian Revolutions, modern Haitian history, Slavery and Film, French colonialism, French-Jewish history, history and video games, and the history of gender.

Her newest book, Slave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games, was published in June 2021 by the University Press of Mississippi. Her previous works include The Abbé Grégoire and the French Revolution: The Making of Modern Universalism (UC Press, 2005; released in paperback, 2021) and Haitian History: New Perspectives (Routledge, 2012).

Sepinwall has served on committees of the American Historical Association, Society for French Historical Studies, Western Society for French History, Haitian Studies Association, French Colonial Historical Society, H-France, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, World History Association and Western Jewish Studies Association, and as a member of the editorial board of French Historical Studies.  She currently serves on the Advisory Board for H-France’s Fiction and Film for Scholars of France and the Haitian History Journal/Revue d’Histoire Haïtienne. She is a past winner of CSUSM’s Harry E. Brakebill Outstanding Professor Award (the university’s top honor for faculty), as well as of the CSUSM President’s Award for Innovation in Teaching.

Recent Publications

Selected public-facing work:

Media Coverage;;
Country Focus
Haiti, France
Expertise by Geography
Caribbean, France
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Gender, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Slavery, Women