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Cindy Ermus, Assistant Professor of History, teaches courses on early modern Europe, the history of disasters, and the Age of Revolutions. She has published on catastrophe and crisis management in eighteenth-century Europe and the Atlantic, as well as on digital and computational history and the future of the historical profession. She is also the editor of a volume titled Environmental Disaster in the Gulf South: Two Centuries of Catastrophe, Risk and Resilience (LSU Press 2018). Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Stat News, the Miami Herald, and El Nuevo Herald, and she has been a guest on BBC World News, Univisión, Al-Jazeera, and others.  

Her current book project, The Great Plague Scare of 1720: Disaster and Society in the Eighteenth-Century World (under advance contract with Cambridge University Press), is a transnational study of the Plague of Provence of 1720 (the "Great Plague of Marseille"), one of the last outbreaks of plague in Western Europe. By tracing responses to the threat of infection throughout a network of major eighteenth-century port cities, she explores the ways in which the crisis influenced society, politics, and commerce beyond France, in neighboring regions, and in the Atlantic and Pacific colonies. 

She also has an interest in the digital humanities, and is co-founder, executive editor, and contributor at (on Twitter @AgeofRevs). 


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