Richard Jobs, PhD

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Courses Taught

HIST-103 | Western Civilization II:  Early Modern Europe

HIST-104 | Western Civilization III: Modern Europe

HIST-230 | The Trial of Galileo

HIST-232 | The Holocaust

HIST-235 | Europe Since World War II

HIST-333 | History of the British Empire

HIST-335 | Era of the First World War

HIST-338 | Era of the French Revolution

HIST-435 | 1968: Youth and Social Change in the World


In 2002, I received my doctorate from Rutgers University, where my training focused on the social, political, and cultural history of modern Europe with an emphasis on France and a minor field in 20th century European social and critical theory. I am the recipient of several fellowships including the Bourse Chateaubriand awarded by the French government and the Arnold and Lois Graves Award in the Humanities. I am the author of Riding the New Wave: Youth and the Rejuvenation of France After the Second World War (Stanford University Press, 2007), which examines how the discursive concept of youth and the social reality of young people served as a means of cultural reconstruction in France during the Fourth Republic (1944-1958). This is a history of how and why the meaning and role of youth changed in French society between the end of the war and the advent of the 1960s. The significance of my research is that I use age as an analytic tool comparable to race, class, or gender that explores the meaning of categories like “youth” and “adult.” Riding the New Wave was awarded the 2007 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice.

Presently I am editing a collection of essays with David M. Pomfret of the University of Hong Kong entitled A Global Age: Transnational Histories of Youth in the Twentieth Century. Also, I am finishing chapters for my next book, Backpack Ambassadors: Youth, Travel, and European Integration, for which I’ve completed research in over 30 archives and libraries in six countries. It will examine the process of postwar integration in Western Europe through a socio-cultural history of youth and travel — hostel systems, Eurail passes, music tours, concerts and clubbing, summer work programs, social and political movements, EU initiatives, exchange programs, and so on. I recently published Youth Movements: Travel, Protest, and Europe in 1968 from this project in the American Historical Review.


PhD in Modern European History, Rutgers University, 2002

MA and BA, Murray State University, 1991 and 1994

Published Works

Jobs, Richard Ivan, Riding the New Wave: Youth and the Rejuvenation of France After the Second World War, Stanford University Press, Janurary 2007. (Paperback, 2009)

       * awarded Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, 2007

Co-editor with Patrick F. McDevitt, “Kith and Kin:  Personal Relationships and Cultural Practice” special issue Journal of Social History Vol. 39, No. 2 (Winter 2005).

Co-editor with David M. Pomfret, “A Global Age:  Transnational Histories of Youth in the Twentieth Century," submitted for review

“The Grand Tour of Daniel Cohn-Bendit and the Europeanism of 1968,” in May 68: Rethinking France’s Last Revolution, edited by Julian Jackson, James S. Williams, and Anna-Louise Milne.  Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011.

“Youth Movements:  Travel, Protest, and Europe in 1968,” American Historical Review Vol. 114, No. 2 (April 2009):  376-404.

“Travailleuses familiales et fées du logis.  Les jeunes femmes commes agents de modernisation dans la France de l’après-guerre” in Jeunesse oblige:  Une histoire des jeunes en France (XIXe-XXIe siècles), edited by Ludivine Bantigny and Ivan Jablonka.  Presses universitaires de France, 2009, 137-152.

“Where the Hell are the People?” co-author with Patrick F. McDevitt, Journal of Social History Vol. 39, No. 2 (Winter 2005):  309-314.

“Building Community and Reconstructing Citizenship in the Youth and Culture Houses of Postwar France,” Young:  Nordic Journal of Youth Research Vol. 12, No. 3 (August 2004):  205-220.

“Tarzan Under Attack:  Youth, Comics, and Cultural Reconstruction in Postwar France.”  French Historical Studies Vol. 26, No. 4 (Fall 2003):  687-725.

      *Winner of the 2003 Koren Prize for the best article in French history of any time period in any American, Canadian or European Journal.  Awarded by the Society for French Historical Studies.

      *reprinted in Global Perspectives on Tarzan:  From King of the Jungle to International Icon, edited by Annette Wannamaker and Michelle Ann Abate. Routledge, 2012.

Honors, Awards, Grants and Fellowships

   Fulbright-Schuman Fellow for European Affairs at the European University Institute, Florence, 2011

NEH Summer Stipend, 2011

Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, 2009

The Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award in the Humanities, 2008

Riding the New Wave named Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, 2007

William Koren, Jr. Prize for the best article in French history, Society for

French Historical Studies, 2003

Chateaubriand Fellow, French Government, 1997-1998

Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Pacific University, 2005

Fellow, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, 2000-2001

Faculty Development Award, Pacific University, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011

Research/Travel Grant, Rutgers University, 1999

Excellence Fellow, Rutgers University, 1994-1997

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