Suzanne Marchand

Suzanne L. Marchand

Boyd Professor
225D Himes Hall


Courses Taught

History of the City in Europe from 1500 (HIST 2126); Honors courses (HNRS 2406, 2408) on fundamental texts in the western tradition, 1500-present; Russian and French Literature in Historical Perspective (HNRS 2012);  Western Civilization, 1500 to present (HIST 1003, or Honors version, HNRS 1004); European Intellectual History, 1700-1850 (HIST 4112); Graduate Readings Seminar in European History (HIST 7923). 

Current Research Interests

Now writing a book about the history of Herodotus’ many readers, 1700 to the present, tentatively titled Herodotus and the Instabilities of Western Civilization.  I continue to be interested in the history of the humanities, especially classical studies, art history, anthropology, history, and theology in modern Europe, as well as in the history of porcelain and related topics in the history of material culture and consumption in Central Europe. 

Interested in Directing Theses On

I will happily direct theses in modern European intellectual and cultural history, as well as German and Austrian history.


BA Berkeley (History) 1984; MA University of Chicago (History) 1986; Ph.D. University of Chicago (History) 1992

Awards and Honors

2023 Old Dominion Fellow, Humanities Council, Princeton University 

2022 Awarded John Simon Guggenheim Award (to be taken in 2024-5)

2022 Berlin Prize, American Academy in Berlin 

2021 Awarded Ralph Gomory book prize (for Porcelain) from the Business History Conference 

2021 Faber Lecturer, Princeton University 

2019 Francesco e de Dombrowski Visiting Professor at I Tatti (Harvard University institute, located in Florence), January to June

2018 Visiting Professor, Max Planck Institut for the History of Science, Berlin 

2018 Distinguished Visiting Scholar, School of Classics, St. Andrews University, Scotland 

2016-19, Councilor, Professional Division, AHA (elected)

2015  SEC Professor, LSU 

2014  Appointed LSU Systems Boyd Professor (highest rank in LSU system)

2014 Lorenz Eitner Lecturer, Stanford University

2013  Summer Fellowship, Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgechichte, Berlin

2012-15 Committee on Committees, American Historical Association (elected)

2013-14  President, German Studies Association          (elected)

2012 Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching Prize
2012 Appointed Distinguished Research Master, LSU
2010 George L. Mosse Prize for the Best Book in Cultural and Intellectual History, given by the American Historical Association
2009 Selected by LSU as one of 100 campus ‘Rainmakers’
2005 LA Board of Regents “Atlas” Fellowship
2003 ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship
2000-1 Wissenschaftskolleg Fellowship, Berlin
1997 Humboldt Fellowship, Berlin
1994-5 James Conant Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for European Studies, Harvard

Editorial Board member, Modern Intellectual History; Journal of the History of Ideas; German History; Journal of Art Historiography; Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte; Archiv für Begriffsgeschichte

Board member, Global Architectural Teaching Collaborative Project; Center Austria (UNO);  International Advisory Board, Institute for Art History, Prague. 


Notable Articles

“Herodotus and the Fate of Universal History in Nineteenth-Century Germany,” The Journal of Modern History (accepted June 2021; forthcoming, 2023).

“Finding Truths among the Lies: Fact-Checking Herodotus’ Egypt in the Long Eighteenth Century,” in History of Humanities 6, no. 1 (Spring 2021): 269-93.  pdf

“Herodotus as Anti-Classical Toolbox,” in Herodotus in the Nineteenth Century, eds. Thomas Harrison and Joseph Skinner (Cambridge University Press, 2020): 71-99.

“Weighing Context and Practices: Theodor Mommsen and the Many Dimensions of Humanistic Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century,” in History and Theory 58 (Dec. 2020): 144-167. pdf

“Porcelain: Another Window on the Neoclassical World,” in Classical Receptions Journal 12, no. 2 (April 2020): 200-230. pdf

“How Much Knowledge is Worth Knowing: An American Intellectual Historian’s Thoughts on Geschichte des Wissens,” in Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 42 (Fall 2019): 126-49. pdf         

“Ancient History in the Age of the Archive,” in Science in the Archives: Past, Presents, Futures, ed. Lorraine Daston (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017), 137-158.    

“Dating Zarathustra: The Problem of Persian Prehistory, 1700-1900,” in Erudition and the Republic of Letters 1 (2016): 203-245. pdf

“The Great War and the Classical World,” German Studies Review 38 no. 2 (2015): 239-261. pdf

“The Dialectics of the Antiquities Rush,” in Pour une histoire d’archéologie XVIII siècle – 1945.  Hommage de ses collèges et amis à Éve Gran-Aymerich, Annick Fennick and Natacha Lubtchansky, eds. (Bordeaux: Ausonius Editions, 2015): 191-206.  pdf

“Appreciating the Art of Others:  Joseph Strzygowski and the Austrian Origins of Non-Western Art History,” in Magdalena Dglosz and Pieter O. Scholz, eds., Von Biala nach Wien: Josef Strzygowski und die Kulturwissenschaften (Vienna, 2015).  pdf

“Where does History Begin? J. G. Herder and the Problem of Near Eastern Chronology in the Age of Enlightenment,” in Eighteenth-Century Studies, 47, no. 2 (2014): 157-75. pdf

“Has the History of the Disciplines Had its Day?” in Rethinking Intellectual History, eds. Darrin McMahon and Samuel Moyn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013): 131-152. 

“Eastern Wisdom in an Era of Western Despair: Orientalism in 1920s Central Europe,” in Weimar Thought: A Contested Legacy, ed. Peter Gordon (Princeton University Press, 2013): 341-60. pdf

“Popularizing the Orient,” in Intellectual History Review 17, no. 2 (July 2007): 175-202. pdf

“Arnold Boecklin and the Problem of German Modernism,” in Suzanne Marchand and David Lindenfeld, eds., Germany at the Fin de Siècle: Culture, Politics and Ideas (Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2004). pdf

“Embarrassed by the Nineteenth Century,” in Bernard Cook et al, eds., Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, 1750-1850: Selected Papers, 2002 (Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, 2004) pdf

“The Counter-Reformation in Austrian Ethnology,” in Worldly Provincialism: German Anthropology in the Age of Empire, eds. Glenn Penny and Matti Bunzl (Ann Arbor, 2003). pdf

“German Orientalism and the Decline of the West,” in Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society (December 2001). 

“Leo Frobenius and the Revolt against the West,” The Journal of Contemporary History 32, no. 2 (April 1997). pdf

“The Rhetoric of Artifacts and the Decline of Classical Humanism: The Case of Josef Strzygowski,” History and Theory, Beiheft 33 (Dec. 1994). pdf


Porcelain: A History from the Heart of Europe (Princeton UP, 2020)

German Orientalism in the Age of Empire: Race, Religion, and Scholarship (Cambridge UP, 2009)

Down from Olympus: Archaeology and Philhellenism in Germany, 1750-1970 (Princeton, UP, 1996)

co-author, Many Europes: Choice and Chance in Western Civilization (McGraw Hill, 2013)

co-editor and contributor, Germany at the Fin de Siècle (LSU UP, 2004)

co-author, Worlds Together, Worlds Apart (W. W. Norton, 2002)

co-editor, Proof and Persuasion: Essays on Authority, Objectivity, and Evidence (Brussels, Brepols, 1997)