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Dr. Micah Alpaugh

Associate Professor of History
Graduate Program Coordinator for History MA


Office: Wood Hall 136L
Office Phone: (660) 543-8707

I broadly consider myself a historian of social movements, particularly their rise, development and diffusion in France and across the eighteenth-century Atlantic World. My book Non-Violence and the French Revolution: Political Demonstrations in Paris, 1787-1795 looks at the development of protest marches in the French capital and the broader prevalence of physically nonviolent, collaborative strategies for achieving revolutionary change. In addition to several article-length projects – looking at subjects like middle-class identities in the Bastille insurrection, the British origins of the French Jacobins, collective emotion in the Revolution's largest political rallies, the National Assembly's political dynamics in 1789, and the Right of Resistance to Oppression – I am also writing a second book, "Transatlantic Revolutions: The Rise of the Social Movement in Britain, America, Ireland and France, 1765-1793," examining the strong but heretofore largely neglected connections between the Revolutionary era's principal causes.


Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, 2010.
M.A. University of California, Irvine, 2006.
B.A. Northern Arizona University, 2004.

Courses taught:
Early Modern World History
Modern World History
Uniter States History to 1877
Early Modern Europe, 1450-1815
Age of Absolutism and Enlightenment
Age of the French Revolution and Napoleon
Nineteenth-Century Europe
Europe, 1900-1945
Contemporary Europe, 1945-Present
European Revolutions
Decolonization and Neocolonialism
Social Movements and Democracy, 1750-Present (seminar)
Protest and Democracy (honors seminar)
Atlantic Revolutions (seminar)
Revolution and Democracy in the Atlantic World (graduate seminar)
Writing in the Social Sciences (seminar)


Non-Violence and the French Revolution: Political Demonstrations in Paris, 1787-1795
(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Book Chapters:

-"Nonviolence, Positive Peace and American Pre-Revolutionary Protest, 1765-1775," in The Specter of Peace in Histories of Violence, Michael Goode and John Smolenski, eds. (Forthcoming, Brill Academic Press, 2018).
-"A Personal Revolution: The National Assembly and the Politics of 1789," in The Oxford Handbook of the French Revolution, David Andress, ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), 180-200.

-"Historicizing Nonviolent Protest: The Case of the French Revolution," in Exploring the Power of Nonviolence: Peace, Politics, and Practice by Randall Amster and Elavie Ndura-Ouédraogo, eds. (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2013), 41-56.


Selected Articles:
"The Right of Resistance to Oppression: Protest and Authority in the French Revolutionary World,"French Historical Studies 39, no. 3 (Summer 2016), 567-98.
-"The British Origins of the French Jacobins: Radical Sociability and the Development of Political Club Networks, 1787-1793," European History Quarterly 44, 4 (Autumn 2014), 593-619.
-"A Self-Defining Bourgeoisie in the Early French Revolution: The Milice bourgeoise, The Bastille Days of 1789, and Their Aftermath," Journal of Social History 47, no. 3 (Spring 2014), 696-720.
-"Les émotions collectives et le mouvement des fédérations, 1789-1790." Annales historiques de la Révolution française 372 (April-June 2013), 49-80.
-"The Politics of Escalation in French Revolutionary Protest: Political Demonstrations, Nonviolence and Violence in the Grandes journées of 1789," French History 23, no. 3 (Fall 2009), 336-359.
-"The Making of the Parisian Political Demonstration: A Case Study of 20 June 1792," Proceedings of the Western Society for French History 34 (2007), 101-119.


Honors College Faculty Fellowship, University of Central Missouri, Fall 2014-Spring 2015
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum, Fall 2011 – Spring 2012
Chancellor’s Fellowship in the Humanities, University of California-Irvine, Fall 2004 – Winter 2010
Residency Fellowship, Camargo Foundation (Cassis, France), Fall 2008
Bourse Chateaubriand (including affiliation with La Sorbonne in Paris), Fall 2007 - Spring 2008
Summer Dissertation Fellowship, UC Irvine International Center for Writing and Translation, Summer 2007
Summer Predissertation Fellowship, UC Berkeley Institut for European Studies, Summer 2006
Summer Dissertation Fellowship, University of California-Irvine, Summer 2005

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences New Faculty Achievement Award, University of Central Missouri, March 2014
History Department Award for Best Graduate Student Essay, University of California-Irvine, June 2009
Marjorie M. Farrar Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Progress on French History, French Historical Studies, March 2009


Discussing my research on Berkeley, CA, station KPFA program "Against the Grain," March 11, 2014.

Travel (47 states, 43 countries, 5 continents), research libraries and archives, hiking, skiing, bodysurfing, Dodgers, Lakers and big crowds.