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Dr Chris Pearson BA (Hons) MA PhD

Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century History History


Personal Statement

After working at the University of Bristol and the University of Warwick, I joined the University of Liverpool in September 2012. My research interests lie predominantly in environmental and cultural history. They focus on modern French history, the environmental history of war and animal history. My doctoral research and subsequent monograph form the first environmental history of Vichy France and outline the material and cultural importance of nature during the ‘dark years’ and their aftermath. This led to postdoctoral work on French and transnational militarized landscapes and my second monograph on the environmental history of war and militarization in France from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. My current project ‘Dogopolis: Dogs, Humans, and the Making of Modern Cities’ explores the role and presence of dogs as workers, pets, pests, and beyond in nineteenth and twentieth century London, New York and Paris. I also explore canine history on my blog Sniffing the Past and have co-produced a free smart phone app that allows users to explore the human-canine histories of these cities. You can download it from the University of Liverpool appstore

I would be interested in supervising research students working on French, environmental or animal history. Please drop me an email to discuss your ideas.

ORCID: 0000-0002-0556-1929