Nicholas Dew

Associate Professor of History and Classical Studies

McGill University

Nicholas Dew teaches early modern European history. He came to McGill in 2004 from Cambridge University, where he was a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow and a Research Fellow of St Catharine’s College. His interests are in the cultural history of France in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, particularly the history of science, travel, and oriental studies. His first book, Orientalism in Louis XIV’s France (Oxford University Press, 2009), maps the place of scholarly orientalism within the intellectual culture of France in the late seventeenth century. His current book project is a history of the trans-Atlantic dimensions of French science in the period 1670-1760. With James Delbourgo, he edited Science and Empire in the Atlantic World (Routledge, 2008), a collection of essays which began life as a workshop at UCLA's Clark Library. Dew has recently been a Dibner Fellow in the History of Science and Technology at the Huntington Library, and an Inter-Americas Fellow at the John Carter Brown Library. In 2009, he was awarded a SSHRC Standard Research Grant for his project "Science and Empire in the French Atlantic World".