Peter Sahlins

Office Hours: 
3214 Dwinelle: Monday, 1-4; 265 Evans Hall: Wednesday, 1-3; Thursday, 1-4; and by appointment
3214 Dwinelle
(510) 642-1971

B.A. Harvard College (1979)

Ph.D. Princeton University (1986)

Curriculum Vitae: 
Extended Faculty Field: 
Early Modern and Early Nineteenth-Century France, Social and Legal Histories of Nationality Law and Citizenship; Animal-Human Relations, Animal Studies, Environmental History, Science Studies
Research Interests: 

Early Modern and Nineteenth-Century France; social, legal, and cultural history; the history of animal-human relations


Academic Appointments

Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley (1997-)
Associate Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley (1992-1997)       
Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley (1989-1992)       
Visiting Professor, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (1999)
Visiting Professor, Economics Faculty, Maastricht University (1996-2002)
Assistant Professor of History, Yale University (1988-1989)
Lecturer in History, Columbia University (1987-1988)
Visiting Lecturer, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris (Summer 1987)
Research Assistant, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1986-1987)
Instructor in History, Harvard University  (1985-1986)

Major Professional Service

Director, Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major (UGIS) (2013-present)
Director of Academic Programs, Social Science Research Council, New York (2006-8)
Vice-President, Libraries Without Borders (2007-present)
Director, University of California in Paris (2002-2005)
Executive Director, France-Berkeley Fund (1994-2004)

Recent Academic Honors, Awards, and Grants

Townsend Center for the Humanities, Senior Fellow (2013-2014)
Presidential Chair Fellow, Center for Teaching and Learning, Berkeley (2013-2014)
Resident Fellow, Institut d’Etudes Avancées de Paris (spring 2012)
University of California Humanities Research Fellowship (2012)
National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship for University Teachers (2011)

Representative Publications: 


The Year of the Animal:  1668 and the Making of Early Modern France (New York: Zone Books,  in 2015).

Unnaturally French: Foreign Citizens in the Old Regime and After (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004).

Et si on faisait payer les étrangers?  Louis XIV, les immigrés, et quelques autres  (Paris: Editions Flammarion, 1999) (co-authored with Jean-François Dubost).

Forest Rites: The War of the Demoiselles in Nineteenth-Century France (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1994).

Boundaries: The Making of France and Spain in the Pyrenees(Berkeley: University of  California Press, 1989; paperback edition, 1991; Catalan translation, 1993;   French translation, 1996).

Edited Journal Issues:

Animals in French History, ed. with Christopher Pearson, special issue of French History, vol. 8, no. 2 (June 2014).

Mobility in French History, ed. with Carla Hesse, special issue of French Historical Studies, vol. 29,  no. 3 (2006)

Recent Articles and Book Chapters:

“The Beast Within: Animals and the First Xenotransfusion Experiments in France, 1667-68,” Representations 129  (Winter 2015).

“A Story of Three Chameleons: The Animal between Literature and Science in the Age of Louis XIV,” in Louisa MacKenzie, and Stephanie Posthumus, eds., French Thinking About Animals  (Michigan State University Press, 2014): 15-30.

 “Where the Sun Don’t Shine: the Royal Labyrinth at Versailles, 1668-1674,” in Pia Cuneo, ed., Animals and Early Modern Identity(Ashgate: Surrey, England and Burlington, VT,  2014): 67-88.

 “The Royal Menageries of Louis XIV and the Civilizing Process Revisited,” French Historical Studies 35 (2) (2012), 226-46.

“Boundaries and Identities in Catalonia,” in Oscar Jané, ed., Del tractat dels Pireineus (1659) a l’Europa del segle XXI: Un model en construccio (in Catalan; Barcelona, 2010): 25-30.

“Citizenship and the Droit d’Aubaine in France: A Response to Simona Cerutti,” in Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales 63, no. 2 (March-April 2008): 385-98.

 “The Eighteenth-Century Revolution in Citizenship” in Migration Controls in the North Atlantic World: the Evolution of State Practices in Europe and the United States from the French Revolution to the Interwar Period, ed. A. Fahrmeir, O. Faron, and P. Weil (New York and Oxford: Berghan Books, 2002): 11-24.

"Nationalité avant la lettre: les pratiques de la naturalization sous l’Ancien Régime” Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales,vol. 55, no. 5 (2000) : 1081-1108 [in French].