Fields of interest
Europe: British politics, culture & thought since 1760; Popular culture, politics & political social thought; European cultural & intellectual history
Stuart Semmel teaches British history since the eighteenth century, giving particular attention to political, cultural, and intellectual history. He received his A.B. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. His book Napoleon and the British (Yale, 2004), shortlisted for the Longman/History Today Book of the Year prize, considers how Napoleon Bonaparte was used in British political argument and political culture. He has published articles on subjects including tourism and radical politics. His current book project examines an early nineteenth-century British woman’s career as a freelance propagandist.
Before coming to Yale, Semmel was an Associate Professor at the University of Delaware. He has also taught at Harvard, Penn, and American University, and has been a fellow at the National Humanities Center and the Penn Humanities Forum. His courses include “Nineteenth-Century Britain,” “Britain’s Empire,” “Britain Under George III,” “British Identity since 1800,” “Filming the Past,” and “Nineteenth-Century Historical Narratives” (with Stefanie Markovits). He also teaches in Directed Studies (History and Politics). In spring 2015, he will teach at Yale-NUS.