Colin Jones

Visiting Professor, Department of History
Social Sciences Research Building 512
Office Hours: By appt., Zoom or SS 504


Social and cultural history of eighteenth-century France and the French Revolution; the history of medicine; the history of Paris; physiognomy and caricature


Colin Jones was educated at Oxford and is professor of history at Queen Mary University of London. Jones has also taught at Newcastle, Exeter, Warwick, Stanford, Renmin, and Paris VIII universities. He has held research positions at Princeton, the Collège de France, Columbia University's Paris campus, and the National Humanities Center, North Carolina. From 2012–15, Jones held a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship on his current research project, which focuses on the day of 9 Thermidor when Robespierre was overthrown.



"The Overthrow of Maximilien Robespierre and the 'Indifference' of the People," American Historical Review 119, no. 3 (2014): 598–713.

The Smile Revolution in Eighteenth-Century Paris(Oxford, 2014)

Paris: Biography of a City (Penguin, 2006)

The Great Nation: France from Louis XV to Napoleon(Penguin, 2003)

The Age of Cultural Revolutions: Britain and France, 1750–1820 (Berkeley, 2002)

Madame de Pompadour: Images of a Mistress(National Gallery London, 2002)

(co-author) The Medical World of Early Modern France(Clarendon, 1997)


—Commander of the British Empire
—Past President, Royal Historical Society
—Fellow, British Academy
—Officier, l’Ordre des Palmes académiques
—Fellow, Learned Society of Wales
—Douglas Southall Freeman Professor of History (2014–15), University of Richmond


Recent Courses in RLL

  • FREN 22619/FREN 32619 Paris and the French Revolution (Spring 2019, Winter 2022)
  • FREN 22620/FREN 32620 Paris from Les Misérables to the Liberation, c. 1830–1950 (Spring 2020, Winter 2024)