David L. Longfellow

’ Associate Professor of History
’ Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1980
’ French Revolution and Napoleon, European Intellectual

Why I Came To Baylor:

"I was hired by the History Department in 1981, after teaching at Hollins College in Virginia and completing my doctoral work at Hopkins. Aside from the general collegiality of the department, I was impressed by its reputation as a stronghold of outstanding, scholarly, effective teaching, even at a university that was already well known for the strength of its undergraduate program. In addition to being able to teach in my areas of expertise (at Hollins I had been responsible for all European history), I thought that it would be no small accomplishment to add, over time, in some small way to that reputation. I admired the Reynolds administration's clear commitment to the principles of academic freedom. Having spent time in France's centralized (and largely state-run) university system, I also appreciated Baylor's distinctive contribution to the variety and breadth of American higher education."

My Research Interests:

"Though I was trained as a historian of 18th century France, I have worked in all periods of modern French history. In the last few years, I have devoted more time on the troubled French response to the nation's experience of defeat, occcupation and liberation in the Second World War, and have made it the subject of my Graduate European Seminar. I also have strong interests in issues related to World History, interdisciplinary studies, and the teaching of European history in American high schools."


"While I've taught French and European intellectual history courses since I arrived at Baylor, I have also worked, and encouraged my students, to take a broader, global view of human experience, and to search for connections between various disciplines and fields of study. Helping to create the History Department's three-course sequence in World History and working in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (as a member of the faculty team teaching World Cultures III) reflect this emphasis."