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Fitzsimmons, Michael

TitleDistinguished Research Professor/Ida Belle Young Professor Emeritus
DepartmentHistory & World Languages & Cultures
Office HoursBy Appointment


Dr. Michael Fitzsimmons, originally from Chicago, is the specialist in French history in the Department of History. After completing his undergraduate degree at Belmont Abbey College, Dr. Fitzsimmons served with the Naval Security Group in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1972 to 1974, the majority of that time in Okinawa at NSGA Hanza. After completing his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina, he taught as a Mellon Instructor of History at Rice University from 1982 to 1985, after which he came to AUM. Dr. Fitzsimmons has previously served as department chair, and in 1994 was selected as one of AUM's Distinguished Research Professors.  In 2009 he was named an Ida Belle Young Professor. Dr. Fitzsimmons has published a number of books in his area of expertise, specifically From Artisan to Worker: Guilds, the French State and the Organization of Labor, 1776-1821 (Cambridge University Press, 2010), The Night the Old Regime Ended: August 4, 1789, and the French Revolution (Penn State University Press, 2003), The Remaking of France: The National Assembly and the Constitution of 1791 (Cambridge University Press, 1994), and The Parisian Order of Barristers and the French Revolution (Harvard University Press, 1987).  He has also published several book chapters, including in the The Origins of the French Revolution (2006), The Wiley/Blackwell Companion to the French Revolution (2013) and The Oxford Handbook of the French Revolution (2015).  He has also published articles in journals such as The American Historical Review (1987), The Historical Journal (1996) and French History (1990 and 1996).