Daniel J. Watkins
Assistant Professor of History
Fall 2021 Office Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:30am
Early Modern and Modern France, History of the Enlightenment, History of Catholicism, Book History, Digital History
- Ph.D., The Ohio State University
- M.A., University of Florida
- B.A., University of Florida
Academic Interests and Research
My primary research interest is the Society of Jesus and the role that Jesuits played in the Enlightenment, French Revolution, and the post-revolutionary period. I am currently in the beginning stages of three new research projects: a book project on the history of “rococo Catholicism” in Enlightenment France, a book project on the history of the one-time Jesuit priest turned revolutionary Joseph-Antoine Cerutti, and a digital history project around the Jesuit missionary periodical the Lettres édifiantes et curieuses.
- Berruyer’s Bible: Public Opinion and the Politics of Enlightenment Catholicism in France. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2021.
- Belief and Politics in Enlightenment France: Essays in Honor of Dale K. Van Kley (edited with Mita Choudhury), Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment 02:2019. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2019.
- “Skepticism, Criticism, and the Making of the Catholic Enlightenment in France: Rethinking the Career of Jean Hardouin,” Journal of Jesuit Studies 6 (2019): 486-504.
- “A Suppression Revisited: Jansenism, Conservatism, and the Anti-Jesuit Ordinances of 1828.” In Belief and Politics in Enlightenment France, Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment 02:2019. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2019.
- “An Enlightenment Bible in Catholic France: Isaac-Joseph Berruyer’s Histoire du peuple de Dieu (1728-1758)." In Vernacular Bibles in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Era. Leuven: Peeters Press, 2017.
- “The Two Conversions of François de La Pillonnière: A Case Study of Rationalism and Religion in the Early Enlightenment.” Eighteenth-Century Thought 6 (2016): 33-58.
- “Religion and Trade through Jesuit Eyes: Bringing Early Modern Central Asia into the World History Classroom.” World History Connected 10, no. 3 (2013).
Courses Taught at Baylor
- HIS 1300 US in Global Perspective
- HIS 1307 World History Since 1500
- HIS 2395 History Workshop
- HIS 4333 French Revolution and Napoleon
- HIS 4343 France Since 1815
Follow Dr. Watkins on Twitter: @watkinsdanielj