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Steve M. Beaudoin

Ewing T. Boles Professor of History

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BA: history and French, Bates College
MA: history, University of Maine
MA: European studies, Carnegie Mellon University
PhD: history, Carnegie Mellon University


Steven Beaudoin joined the Centre College faculty in 1997 as a visiting assistant professor of history. He currently serves as Ewing T. Boles Professor of History and served as Chair of the Division of Social Studies from 2012 to 2018. He teaches courses on world history and 19th- and 20th-century Europe. He has served as director of the Centre-in-Europe program in Strasbourg, France twice and as co-director of the Centre-in-London program twice. In 2010, he also taught a CentreTerm course in China.


Beaudoin’s principal research areas include the history of modern France and poverty. His current research focuses on a poison pen campaign in the French city of Tulle just after the First World War, which inspired the classic French film, Le Corbeau.


  • The Rise of the Modern World I and II
  • The Age of European Imperialism
  • Modern France Recreating Revolution: France 1791
  • Europe in the Age of Hitler
  • The Nazi Rise to Power
  • World War II France
  • History of the World Economy


Books: A Cultural History of Poverty, general editor with Dr. Richard Axtell.

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