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Thomas Dodman

assistant professor


Telephone: (617) 552-1576

Office Location: Stokes Hall, Room S309


Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2011


Modern European social and cultural history; modern France and French Empire; war and society; medicine and emotions; critical social theory and psychoanalysis


Professor Dodman is a historian of modern France with a particular interest in how wars and emotions mediate moments of social transformation. He teaches modern European history in the Core, as well as the social and cultural history of modern France and its empire. He also offers thematic courses on the history of emotions and of war in society. He welcomes graduate students working in any of these areas as well as those interested in critical social theory and methodological questions for historians.

Professor Dodman is currently revising for publication a book manuscript on the forgotten history of fatal nostalgia, a historically specific emotional syndrome that affected eighteenth and nineteenth century soldiers and colonial settlers. A first part of this research, focusing on the colonization of Algeria, was published in the French journal Annales and was awarded the 2012 William Koren prize from the Society for French Historical Studies.

Before completing his doctoral work in the USA professor Dodman studied in France and the UK. He was a Century and a William Rainey Harper Fellow at the University of Chicago, and was the recipient of a Marie Curie fellowship in France and an Arts and Humanities Research Board studentship in Britain. Previous to joining Boston College he taught at the University of Chicago, Sciences-Po in Paris, and George Mason University.


  • “Un pays pour la colonie: Mourir de nostalgie en Algérie française, 1830-1880,” Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales 66:3 (2011)
  • “Entre ennui et fatigue pendant la colonisation de l’Algérie,” in Pascale Goetschel, Christophe Granger, Nathalie Richard, and Sylvain Venayre, eds., L’Ennui, histoire d’un état d’âme. XIXe-XXe siècles (Paris: Presses Universitaires de la Sorbonne, 2012)