Jeffrey S. Ravel studies the history of French and European political culture from the mid-seventeenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries.
Jeffrey S. Ravel studies the history of French and European political culture from the mid-seventeenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries. He is the author of The Would-Be Commoner: A Tale of Deception, Murder, and Justice in Seventeenth Century France (Houghton Mifflin, 2008); and The Contested Parterre: Public Theater and French Political Culture, 1680-1791 (Cornell University Press, 1999). Current projects include a study of eighteenth-century French theater as a multi-media phenomenon, and a history of French playing cards and political regimes.
He was a Co-Founder of CÉSAR, a web site devoted to the study of seventeenth and eighteenth-century French theater. Currently he directs the Comédie-Française Registers Project, a collaborative venture with the Bibiliothèque-musée of the Comédie Française theater troupe in Paris; the goal is to digitize the theater troupe's daily receipt registers for the 1680-1793 period. In 2010, he co-curated an exhibit on technology and the Encyclopédie of Diderot and d'Alembert for the MIT Libraries.
Teaching interests include Old Regime and Revolutionary France, European cultural and intellectual history, the history of the book and comparative media studies, Latin America, and World history.