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Former Member of Staff: Dr Chris Pearson

Chris Pearson       Dr Pearson was Assistant Professor of French History at warwick university from 2010 to 2012.

Academic Profile

  • Assistant Professor of French History, University of Warwick (2010-2012)

  • Research Associate, AHRC Project 'Militarized Landscapes in Twentieth-Century Britain, France and the United States', University of Bristol (2007-2010)

  • PhD, Department of Historical Studies, University of Bristol (2003-2006)

  • MA, Department of Historical Studies, University of Bristol (2002-2003)

  • BA (Hons) University of Sussex (1997-2001)

Undergraduate Modules Taught


My research interests lie predominantly in modern French history. They focus on the environmental and cultural history of war and animal history. My doctoral research and subsequent monograph form the first environmental history of Vichy France and outline the material and cultural importance of nature during the ‘dark years’ and their aftermath. This led to postdoctoral work on French and transnational militarized landscapes and my second monograph on the environmental history of war and militarization in France from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day (forthcoming with Manchester University Press). My current project ‘ Canine City : Dogs, Humans, and the Making of Modern Paris’ will explore the role and presence of dogs in the city’s past as workers, pets, pests, and beyond. It furthers my interests in nonhuman agency and “more-than-human” histories and is supported by the British Academy . I also explore animal (specifically canine) history on my blog Sniffing the Past

Selected Publications


  • Mobilizing Nature: The Environmental History of War and Militarization in Modern France (Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2012)

  • Scarred Landscapes: War and Nature in Vichy France (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2008)

  • Militarized Landscapes: From Gettysburg to Salisbury Plain, co-editor (with Peter Coates and Tim Cole), (London: Continuum, 2010)

Journal articles

Book Chapters


  • 'A Walk in the Park with Timmy: History, and the Possibilities of Companion Species Research,' The Wild 1 (2009), 87-96

In 2010-2011 I was a participant on the AHRC-funded network 'Environmental History: Local Places, Global Processes'