Francis Russo

Francis  Russo

Ph.D. Student

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. 

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.


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

Research Interests

American history; intellectual history; political history; history of democracy and democratic theory; political economy; American pragmatism, historical theory and sociology; sensory history; history of sound; musicology.

Courses Taught

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