Francis Russo

Ph.D. Student

M.Sc., International and World History, London School of Economics, 2015
M.A., International and World History, Columbia University, 2015
B.A., History and Music, Trinity College, 2013

Francis is a second year doctoral student in American history with a focus on the political, intellectual, and social history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He has particular research interests in the history of sound; democratic culture and political discourse; the sensory history of democratic life; and the history of human duties and obligations.

Before entering the doctoral program at Penn, Francis graduated from the dual M.A./M.Sc. program in International and World History at Columbia University and the London School of Economics, and received a B.A. in History and Music from Trinity College, where he was a Presidential Fellow.

Research Interests: 

18th and 19th century American history; intellectual history; political history; history of democracy and democratic theory; political economy; historical theory and sociology; sensory history; musicology.

Courses Taught: 

HIST 108: American Origins (Fall 2019)
HIST 168: History of American Law (Fall 2018)