Prof. Benjamin Reilly

Carnegie Mellon University

Department of History



The University of Pittsburgh,  M.A. (1997) and Ph.D. (2002), Department of History.

Specialization in Early Modern Europe and the sociology of revolutions          


New College of the University of South Florida,  B.A. Degree, 1993,

Specialization in world history and macrohistorical theory



Research Interests:

·        the modern Gulf States

·        World history

·        French Revolutionary history, especially the field of political culture and ideology

·        Southern Florida in the 19th and early 20th centuries

·        Natural disasters as historical actors



Current projects include:

·        Completing a chapter for an edited volume by the Colombia University Press concerning the French revolutionary politician J.-P. Brissot

·        Developing Arabic as a research language




Dr. Reilly has taught or has developed a wide variety of academic courses, including:

·        American-Arab Encounters

·        World History

·        Western Civilization I and II

·        American History, 1492-1870

·        Modern American Social History

·        18th century European History

·        Western Reflections: Using travel writing to explore East-West encounters



Publications or Conference Papers:


“Navigating Foreign Rivers: Teaching Humanities in an Overseas Branch Campus,” Presented at Carnegie Mellon University’s Humanities and Expertise Conference, April 2005


“Ideology on Trial: Testing a Theory of Revolutionary Political Culture.” French History 19(1), March 2005, pp. 28-47


Tropical Surge: Ambition and Disaster on the Edge of America, 1831-1935. Sarasota, Florida: Pineapple Press, 2005


“Polling the Opinions: A Re-Examination of Mountain, Plain, and Gironde in the National Convention.” Social Science History Journal 28(1), Feb 2004, pp. 53-74


“’Manichean Americans’: Examining a Theory of American Particularism in the Age of the French Revolution.” Proceedings of the Consortium of Revolutionary Europe (2001), pp. 229-23


The Ideology of Convenience: Sieyès, Rousseau, and the Trial of Louis XVI”,                        presented at the 2000 Society for French Historical Studies Conference in                 Tempe, Arizona


“Arbres de la Liberté,” “Flight to Varennes,” “Brissot,” “Gironde,” “Plain,” and “September Massacres,” in the Encyclopedia of Political Revolutions and New Ideologies, 1760-1815, Forthcoming