Paige E. Pendarvis

Paige Pendarvis

Ph.D. Student

Advisor: Sophia Rosenfeld

I study modern European history, with a focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century France and its empire. At the broadest level, I am interested in the historical construction of norms and knowledge. I'm particularly interested in how concepts of responsibility, nature, and property illuminate shifting political and social norms and environmental knowledge. I am also interested in the history of historical thinking, especially that of the early Annales School. Currently, I am developing a dissertation project that traces the emergence tenants' unions and the figure of the tenant as a salient social identity during the French Third Republic. It tells an unfamiliar story of the origins of the French welfare state and the centrality of housing within it as well as the place of social rights, like the right to housing, in French radical thought. 

Prior to Penn, I attended the University of Chicago, where I earned a B.A. with honors in History and a minor in Philosophy. 

This year, I am serving as co-organizer of the department's Graduate Colloquium, a biweekly forum for graduate students to workshop articles, dissertation chapters, conference papers, etc.


A.M., History, University of Pennsylvania (2019)

A.B., History (with honors), University of Chicago (2016)

Research Interests

Modern Europe (1750-1945), particularly France and its empire; history of (political) concepts; history of social welfare and the welfare state; the history of social rights; history of historical thinking; environmental history; intellectual and political history; twentieth-century philosophy and political theory

Courses Taught

HIST 174: Capitalism, Socialism, and Crisis in the Twentieth-Century Americas (Fall 2019)

HIST 313: The French Revolution and the Origins of Modern Politics (Spring 2019)

HIST 081: The History of the Modern Middle East Since 1800 (Fall 2018)