New CAS Faculty
Professor of History
Steve Zdatny, Professor of History, has a B.A. (1972) and M.A. (1974) from SUNY Buffalo and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (1982). He has taught at several colleges and universities, including Wellesley College and Rice University, although he has spent the last fourteen years at West Virginia University, where he was most recently chairman of the History Department. He has held a Fulbright Fellowship and received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society, among others. He has on two occasions worked as a visiting researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research.
Professor Zdatny's research focuses on the social and cultural history of France. His first two books were The Politics of Survival: Artisans in Twentieth-Century France (1990) and Hairstyles and Fashion: A Hairdresser's History of Paris, 1910-1920 (1999). Most recently, having recently finished a history of the French hairdressing profession--Fashion, Work and Politics in Modern France (2006), a study of the links among work, business, and culture, and a lesson in the development of a modern consumer society--he is now in the early stages a new project: a history of public and personal hygiene, which will examine evolving practices and sensibilities of cleanliness in twentieth-century France.
Zdatny grew up in Brooklyn but now spends as much time as possible in France, enjoys basketball, squash, golf, skiing, and hopes that the Yankees beat the Red Sox every year for the rest of his life.
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