Participant Info

First Name
Cindy
Last Name
Ermus
Affiliation
University of Lethbridge
Website URL
www.cindyermus.com
Keywords
early modern Europe (esp. France & Spain), 18th century, Atlantic World, disaster history, environmental history, history of medicine, Enlightenment
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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 disease, disaster, and revolution in eighteenth-century France and the Atlantic. I also have interests in the history of science, and women and gender studies, and I consider myself a transnational historian.

My current book project, The Great Plague Scare of 1720: Disaster and Society in the Eighteenth-Century World, 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 that was published in 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.

Beyond the archives and the classroom, I am also co-founder, co-executive editor, and contributor for the academic blog, www.AgeofRevolutions.com, which explores themes and moments in the history of revolutions.

Recent Publications

Last updated Sep. 2018

  • Books

The Great Plague Scare of 1720: Disaster and Society in the Eighteenth-Century World (manuscript in preparation).

Environmental Disaster in the Gulf South: Two Centuries of Catastrophe, Risk, and Resilience. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2018. Editor and Introduction. (Available on Amazon. More info on LSU Press website.)

  • Peer-Reviewed Publications

“The History of Science and the Science of History: Computational Methods, Algorithms, and the Future of the Field,” with Abraham H. Gibson. Isis (forthcoming, 2019).

“Swamp Things: Invasive Species as Environmental Disaster in the Gulf South,” with Abraham H. Gibson. In Environmental Disaster in the Gulf South: Two Centuries of Catastrophe, Risk, and Resilience, edited by Cindy Ermus. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2018.

“The Spanish Plague That Never Was: Crisis and Exploitation in Cádiz During the Peste of Provence.” Special issue on Humans and the Environment in the Long Eighteenth Century, Eighteenth-Century Studies 49, no. 2 (January 2016): 167-93.

“The Plague of Provence: Early Advances in the Centralization of Crisis Management.” Arcadia: Environment & Society, no. 9 (2015).

“Reduced to Ashes: The Good Friday Fire of 1788 in Spanish Colonial New Orleans.” Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association LIV, no. 3 (Summer 2013): 292-331.

  • Selected Digital Humanities/Publications

Age of Revolutions Academic Blog. Co-founder and Co-Executive Editor with Bryan Banks, and contributor. 2015-present. www.AgeofRevolutions.com

Environmental Disaster in the Gulf South: Scholarship on Catastrophe, Risk, and Resilience.” LSU Press Blog. February 2018.

  • Op-Ed Pieces & Scholarly Journalism

“The Cuban Revolution and Me,” In Cuba Today, July 5, 2016. Cover story. (Also on www.AgeofRevolutions.com).

“What does it mean to be ‘a product of the Cuban Revolution,’” The Miami Herald, July 25, 2016.

“¿Qué significa ser ‘un producto de la revolución cubana’?”, El Nuevo Herald En Cuba Hoy (cover story), July 25, 2016.

  • Book Reviews

Review of Liberty or Death: The French Revolution, by Peter McPhee (Yale University Press, 2016) in Canadian Journal of History /Annales canadiennes d’histoire (Winter 2017), 592-94.

Review of Natural Interests: The Contest over Environment in Modern France, by Caroline Ford (Harvard University Press, 2016) in Canadian Journal of History /Annales canadiennes d’histoire (Autumn 2017), 349-51.

Review of Assumed Identities: The Meanings of Race in the Atlantic World, edited by John D. Garrigus (Texas A&M University Press, 2010) in Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association Vol. LIV, No. 2 (Spring 2013), 216-18.

Media Coverage
Q & A in The Atlantic, “Why the Gulf Coast Is Uniquely Vulnerable to Disasters: It isn’t just because of the weather, a historian argues,” by Alexis C. Madrigal (August 29, 2017): https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/08/why-the-gulf-c
Country Focus
France / Spain
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, France, Mediterranean, Spain, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, Early Modern, Modern
Expertise by Topic
Diplomacy, Environment, Gender, Medicine, Rebellion & Revolution, Science, Women