Richard Ivan Jobs, PhD

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Areas I Teach 

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 minor field in twentieth century European social and critical theory. I teach broadly in modern European history and advise senior research projects in this field. I am the recipient of numerous awards, honors, and fellowships in support of my research and teaching including the Outstanding Academic Title from Choice for my book, the William Koren Jr. Prize for the best article in French history, the Arnold and Lois Graves Award in the Humanities, a Bourse Chateaubriand from the French government, NEH grants, and the Fulbright-Schuman Fellowship in European Affairs.  In 2011 I was a visiting scholar at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.  I am the author of Riding the New Wave:  Youth and Rejuvenation of France after the Second World War (Stanford University Press, 2007) and the co-editor of Transnational Histories of Youth in the Twentieth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).  My most recent book is Backpack Ambassadors:  How Youth Travel Integrated Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2017) for which I’ve completed research in 40 archives and libraries in seven countries. For more information, please visit my website



PhD in Modern European History, Rutgers University, 2002

MA and BA, Murray State University, 1991 and 1994


Published Works

Backpack Ambassadors:  How Youth Travel Integrated Europe.  University of Chicago Press, 2017. (Paperback, 2017)

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 David M. Pomfret, Transnational Histories of Youth in the Twentieth Century. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. (Paperback, 2017)

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).

“Bonnie Smith and the Mirror of History,” French Politics, Culture & Society 33:2 (summer 2015).

“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, 2015

Elise Elliot Grant, 2015

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




In December, Rick Jobs, professor of history, was an invited guest of the House of European History in Brussels, Belgium, where he spoke about his work on the transnational history of youth and young people.

Voyagers Without Trace invites viewers to join the filmmaker to uncover what happened to three French adventurers.