©Kristina O'Brien

©Kristina O'Brien

About

 

My work focuses on the age of Enlightenment through the lens of lived experience: what did people think it meant to live in an Enlightened age, and how did they put their ideals into practice?  I am the author of Sentimental Savants: Philosophical Families in Enlightenment France, which was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2016.

I have been an assistant professor of history at Bowdoin College since 2011, the same year that I took my PhD from Northwestern University. I live in Brunswick, Maine.