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Associate Professor of History
Full time

Dr. Donovan is a history professor at Penn State Mont Alto. He teaches the French Revolution and Napoleon (Hist. 418), his primary interests, but also Western Heritage (Hist. 1), American Civilization to 1877 (Hist. 20), and American Civilization since 1877 (Hist. 21). In the past he has also taught Western Heritage II (Hist. 2 ) and Renaissance and Reformation (Hist. 414). His research has focused on crime and justice in France in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has published his findings in a series of articles in history journals, a book, and papers presented at professional meetings.

Most Recent Publications

Donovan, James. Forthcoming, 2010. Juries and the Transformation of Criminal Justice in France in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press.

Donovan, James. 2007. Not a Right But a Public Function: The Debate in the French National Assembly Over the 1872 Law On Jury Formation. French History 21. 395-410.


Ph.D. in History, Syracuse University, 1982

M.A. in History, New Mexico State University, 1977

B.A. in Art, Yankton College, Yankton, SD, 1971


E-mail: jmd9@psu.edu
Phone: 717-749-6235
Fax: 717-749-6069
Office: 213 General Studies Building