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Nicole Bauer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of European History

Associate Director of the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities


Nicole Bauer, Ph.D., is a cultural historian specializing in early modern France. Her first book, “Tracing the Shadow of Secrecy and Transparency in 18th-century France” examines the changing attitudes towards secrecy in the 18th century, and the development of ideas around government transparency moving into the French Revolution. Her upcoming book, “Zen Professor: How Anxious Academics can build resilience and find flow” (under contract with Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield) looks at how women academics, academics of color, and those of an immigrant background can build resilience and thrive in academe. Her other book project is an academic study that explores the history of compassion, altered states, and ideas of the self in early modern Europe.

She is currently a Gustave Gimon fellow at Stanford University where her research is the inaugural project and Gimon fellowship of the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Her research has also been supported by the Institut français d’Amérique and the Oklahoma Center for Humanities. She teaches courses on the French Revolution, the enlightenment, gender and queer theory, and dabbles in film studies.


  • Ph.D., The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • M.A., Yale University
  • B.A., University of California-Berkeley

Research interests and areas of expertise

  • Early modern France
  • Cultural and intellectual history
  • Secrecy
  • Ideas of the self