Monograph (in preparation) Overview

From the Frontiers of the French Enlightenment: The Huguenot Diaspora and the Idea of “Refugees” explores debates over the Huguenot diaspora from the late seventeenth to the nineteenth century in France and the wider Huguenot Atlantic World. Louis XIV's Revocation of the Edict of Nantes expelled approximately 200,000 people from France into the wider Huguenot diaspora. Those seeking refuge outside of the French hexagon became known as "refugees" and this refugee group became the fodder for a series of complex debates during the late French religious controverse, the French Enlightenment, and Revolution. These discussions of Huguenot refugees frequently identified and explored key aspects of what we consider political modernity: democracy, capitalism, and freedom of thought. After 1789 and into the nineteenth century, French philosophers and statesmen courted French Huguenots back to France elaborating on these arguments to defend their efforts. In doing so, they imagined a vision of French republicanism built on religious pluralism.

Articles (Coming Soon)

"Pierre Bayle's Revolutionary Script: Revocation, Protestant Apologetics, and the Early Age of Revolutions" in Revolution as Reformation: Protestant Faith in the Age of Revolutions edited by William Harrison Taylor and Peter C. Messer.

Articles (in preparation)

“Religion and Revolution in Europe,” in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Europe, edited by Grace Davie and Lucian Leustean (Forthcoming).

"The Politics of Praise and the Legacy of Louis XVI's Edict of Toleration"


One cannot be a good historian of the outward, visible world without giving some thought to the hidden, private life of ordinary people; and on the other hand one cannot be a good historian of this inner life without taking into account outward events where these are relevant.
— Victor Hugo, Les Misérables