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Nicholas Papayanis
Professor of History

Office: 520 Whitehead
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Phone: 718.951.5323 or 781.951.5303 (dept. office)
I am a native of New York City (born in a Manhattan hospital and raised in Astoria, Queens). I received a B.A. from the University College of Arts and Sciences of NYU, an M.A. from Harvard, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, where I studied with Harvey Goldberg, George Mosse, and Theodore Hamerow. I spend a significant portion of each summer living and doing research in Paris.  I am currently: 1) completing a book on the intellectual history of urban planning texts and projects relating to Paris and the emergence of urban modernity in the French capital from the 18th century to the mid-19th century; and 2) editing, with Rosemary Wakeman, a book on urban crises and the emergence of modern urban planning. Following the completion of these projects I plan a book on utopia and the city in the West. 
Course Links
Core Studies 4: The Shaping of the Modern World
Hist. 25.3: Modern France
Hist. 27.7: Socialism, Anarchism, and Marxism in Europe
Hist. 30.5: The Modern City in the Western World
Hist 705: France: Research Seminar
Hist. 731.8: France from 1815
Hist. 738.2: History of Marxism
Hist. 770.3: Colloquium in Modern and Recent European History
Recent Publications Honors and Awards
Horse-Drawn Cabs and Omnibuses in Paris: The Idea of Circulation and the Business of Public Transit (Baton Rouge/London, 1996).

The Coachmen of Nineteenth-Century Paris: Service Workers and Class Consciousness (Baton Rouge/ London, 1993).

Alphonse Merrheim: The Emergence of Reformism in Revolutionary Syndicalism, 1871-1925  (Dordrecht/ Boston/Lancaster, 1985).

An article on urban planning in Paris before Haussmann, "L'Émergence de l'urbanisme moderne à Paris avant Haussmann," is forthcoming in Karen Bowie, ed., La Modernité avant Haussmann: Formes de l'espace urbain à Paris, 1801-1853 (Paris, February 2001); an essay, "The Urban Infrastructure," co-written with Rosemary Wakeman, forthcoming in Peter Stearns, ed., Encyclopedia of European Social History (New York, 2001); and a chapter on the origins of public transit in Paris, "La Genèse des transports parisiens dans la première partie du XIXe siècle," forthcoming in Pascal Griset, ed. Citadins, techniques et espaces urbains du XVIIIe siècle à nos jours (Paris, 2001). 

An article on the origins of the Paris underground "Urbanisme du Paris souterrain...,"Histoire, Économie, et Société, no. 4 (October-December 1998):745-770, and a chapter on the Paris transit system, "Les Transports à Paris avant le Métro," appeared in François Gasnault and Henri Zuber, Métro-Cité: Le Chemin de fer métropolitain à la conquête de Paris, 1871-1945 (Paris, 1997): 15-30.


Recipient of the Wolfe Fellowship, Brooklyn College (2000-2001)

Recipient, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (1999-2000)

Director, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for School Teachers (1996, 1994)

Recipient, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (1991-1992)

Fulbright Fellow, the University of Paris (1965-1966)

Numerous PSC-CUNY Research Awards.


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