Assistant Professor - France, the French Revolution, 19th-Century Paris
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Dr. Erin-Marie Legacey specializes in the history of France. Her current work focuses on the social and cultural aftermath of French Revolution, particularly in nineteenth-century Paris. Her doctoral dissertation, “Living with the Dead in Post-Revolutionary Paris, 1795-1820s” addressed this topic by examining the important role that “the dead” played in the reconstruction of Paris after the Revolution. It analyzed how artists, academics, and ordinary Parisians designed and used new spaces to contain the dead (cemeteries, catacombs, and museums) as a way to foster social cohesion in an era of political instability. She is currently revising this project for publication.
Dr. Legacey earned her doctorate at Northwestern University in 2011. She also holds a Master of Arts from Queen’s University (2004) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph (2002). Her research has been supported by major fellowships, including a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Prior to arriving at Texas Tech, she taught at Northwestern University, Colby College, and Eastern Connecticut State University.
Dr. Legacey teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate classes that focus on the history of Modern France and Europe. Her specialized courses cover topics such as the French Revolution and human rights, the dead in Europe, and the cultural and social history of Paris.
Office: 43 Holden Hall