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Andrew S. Curran

William Armstrong Professor of the Humanities

300 High Street,

Professor of French

300 High Street, 203


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BA Hamilton College
MA New York University
PHD New York University

Andrew S. Curran

Professor Andrew Curran is a specialist of the French eighteenth century with interests in the history of race and the history of medicine. He is the author of three books: Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely (Other Press); The Anatomy of Blackness: Science and Slavery in an Age of Enlightenment (Johns Hopkins University Press); and Sublime Disorder: Physical Monstrosity in Diderot’s Universe (Voltaire Foundation, Oxford, 2001). He is currently preparing an edition of 16 eighteenth-century essays on the history of race for Harvard University Press. At Wesleyan, Curran is the William Armstrong Professor of the Humanities and a member of Wesleyan University’s Romance Languages and Literatures department. Elected a Fellow in the history of medicine at the New York Academy of Medicine in 2010, Curran has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the French Government, the Mellon Foundation, and the Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture (declined). He was also the co-winner of the James L. Clifford prize for the best article in eighteenth-century studies in 2011. Most recently, Curran received a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholars award (2016). Curran has served on the editorial board of Studies in Eighteenth Century Culture and is presently on the board of Critical Philosophy of Race and Diderot Studies. 

Professoinal website: www.andrewscurran.com

Professor Curran completed his Ph.D. in French literature at New York University in 1996. He taught at Union College in Schenectady, New York, for two years before coming to Wesleyan. He has also directed the Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Paris on two occasions. At Wesleyan, he teaches a variety of classes on French thought and culture from 1600-1900. 

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