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Faculty Directory » Sean C. Goodlett

Office Hours:

Semester: Fall 2020
Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Fridays 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Please email Dr. Goodlett to schedule an appointment outside of the hours listed above.

Office Information:

Room Number: Miller 302B
Phone: 978-665-3832

Courses Taught:

Graduate Instruction:

History 9022, Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment
History 9020, The European Enlightenment

History 9009, European Popular Culture
History 8053, Rousseau and Revolution

History 7450, Graduate Historiography

History 7015, The Origins of the French Revolution

History 7011, The Book in Early Modern European History

Undergraduate Instruction:
   FYE 1000, First-Year Experience Seminar
   History 4500, Senior Seminar
   History/Political Science 4200, History of Political Theory
   History 3422, The Second World War
   History 3420, French Revolution
   History 2270, The European Renaissance
   History 2080, The European Enlightenment
   History 2020, Ancient Greece and Rome
   History 2000, Historical Methods
   History 1100, Online World Civilizations II
   History 1000, World Civilizations I
   Honors 2225, Honors History Seminar
   Honors 1250, Changing World II
   Honors 1150, Changing World I
Courses in Development:
   History 1800, U.S. Military History I



Ph.D., University of Oregon, August 2000

Early Modern and Modern European History (Early Modern Britain Minor)

Dissertation:  “The Origins of Celebrity: The Eighteenth-Century Anglo-

                             French Press Reception of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.”


M.A., University of Oregon, August 1994

History of Britain and its Empire (Colonial American Minor)


M.A., Texas Tech University, August 1992

British and American Literature


B.A., The University of Texas at Arlington, May 1990

History and Classical Studies (Double Major)

Research Interests:

Dr. Goodlett's area of specialty is the cultural and social history of print (histoire du livre) and the periodical press in early modern Europe, and he has a continuing interest in the history of philosophy. He is currently working on research in equity-based pedagogies.

Current Projects:

Scholarly Editing:


Book review editor and associated peer reviewer for Currents in Teaching and Learning, 2008 - 2014.


History Field Editor for ECCB: The Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography (New York: AMS Press), from summer 2000 to the summer of 2008: new series volumes 25 through 30.


Krishnamurthy, Ramesh, Sean C. Goodlett and Marvin E. Kirk, eds. The Pauling Symposium: A Discourse on the Art of Biography. Proceedings of the Conference on the Life and Work of Linus Pauling (1901-1994), 28 February through 2 March, 1995. (Corvallis: Oregon State University Libraries, 1996).


History Field Assistant Editor of The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography, from summer 1996 to summer 2000: new series volumes 22 through 24. Raymond F. Birn, Field Editor.

Representative Publications:

 Book review of Benjamin Ginsberg's Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters (Oxford University Press, 2011), in Currents in Teaching and Learning, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2012), 56-59.


Review of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching website for Currents in Teaching and Learning, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2010), pp. 46-48.


Book review of Eli Friedlander’s J.J. Rousseau: An Afterlife of Words (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004) for H-France, Vol. 9, No. 128 (October, 2009), pp. 537-40.


Book review of James Lang’s On Course: A Week-By-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Cambridge: Harvard University, 2008) for Currents in Teaching and Learning, Vol. 1, No. 2 (2009), 61-62.


Entry for “Guillaume-Thomas Raynal” in France and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History. Bill Marshall, editor. (Oxford: ABC-Clio, 2005), vol. 3, 978-9.


Biographical entry for Marc-Michel Rey in the OUP Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003), vol. 3, 457-8.


Entries for “Paul-Henri Thiry, baron d’Holbach,” the “Histoire des deux Indes by the ‘abbé’ Guillaume-Thomas Raynal,” and “Switzerland,” in Censorship: A World Encyclopedia. (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001), vol. 2, 1076-77; vol. 3, 2030-31; and vol. 4, 2357-61.


Translator and Editor of the correspondence of Jean André Deluc, Jean-André Mongez, Jean Senebier, Martin van Marum, and Pahin de la Blancherie within Jungnickel, Christa and Russell McCormmach, Cavendish: The Experimental Life. (Cranbury: Bucknell University Press, 1999), 546-51, 557-8, 604-6, 611-623, and 697-9.


Book review of Adrian Johns’ The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998) for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 33 (Fall 1999): 149-150.


Book review of Maurice Cranston’s Solitary Self: Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Exile and Adversity (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997), for The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography, n.s. 23 (1997), 293-294.

Professional Affiliations:

American Historical Association (AHA)

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)

      Member, Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (NEASECS)

Société internationale d’étude du dix-huitième siècle (C18)

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)