Daniel J. Watkins

Assistant Professor of History
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Office Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:45-3:00pm.


Early Modern and Modern France, Catholicism, Catholic Missionaries, Intellectual History, Cultural History

  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2014
  • M.A., University of Florida, 2008
  • B.A., University of Florida, 2005
Academic Interests and Research

My current research focuses on the relationship between the members of the Society of Jesus (a.k.a. the Jesuits) and the culture of the Enlightenment in eighteenth-century France. I am in the process of reworking my dissertation into a book manuscript on the French Jesuit Isaac-Joseph Berruyer's contributions to the Catholic Enlightenment and the culture of Conservatism in post-revolutionary France.

Selected Publications

“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, 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): pp. 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)

Selected Professional Awards/Activities/Grants and/or Fellowships
  • Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellowship at the National University of Ireland (Galway), 2018
  • Summer Research Sabbatical from the Baylor University College of Arts and Sciences, 2018
  • Arts and Humanities Faculty Research Grant from the Baylor University Office of the Vice Provost of Research, 2017
  • Gustave Gimon Visiting Scholar Fellowship from Stanford University Libraries, 2015
  • American Society of Church History Graduate Student Paper Prize, 2013
  • Newberry Library Short-Term Fellowship for Individual Research, 2010
  • Elaine S. and John C. Rule Research Travel Award from The Ohio State University Department of History, 2010
  • Distinguished University Fellowship from The Ohio State University Graduate School, 2008-2012
Courses Taught at Baylor
  • HIS 1307 World History Since 1500
  • HIS 4333 French Revolution and Napoleon
  • HIS 4343 France Since 1815