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Sarah Shurts

Assistant Professor of History

BA History, Wake Forest University 1997
MA European History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro 2002
Ph.D. Modern French History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007

Office Location: Lyndhurst Campus Room 406
Phone: 201-301-1261
Email: sshurts@bergen.edu

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, 3-4pm Tuesday, Thursday 1:15-2:15pm  and by appointment

Courses Taught at BCC

  • History 101 Western Civilization II to the Reformation
  • History 102 Western Civilization II since the Reformation
  • History 106 History of Modern Europe to the French Revolution
  • History 107 History of Modern Europe since the French Revolution
  • History 111 US History to Reconstruction
  • History 112 US History Since Reconstruction

Research Interests

My research deals primarily with 20th century French intellectual life. In particular, I am interested in the construction of intellectual identity on the French extreme Right during the periods of active intellectual “engagement” or involvement in public and political affairs. This research has led me to other areas of interest in Modern European history including the history and nature of Fascism in Germany, France, and Italy, Holocaust studies, a study of Nationalism and national identity construction, and an interest in oppositional communities. 



  • “Continental Collaboration: the Transition from Ultranationalism to Pan-Europeanism by the Interwar French Fascist Right,” French Politics, Culture & Society (forthcoming 2014)
  • "Resentment and the right: a twentieth-century cycle of reaction, revaluation, and retreat by the French extreme right," European History Quarterly volume 43 no 2 (April 2013)
  • "Redefining the Engagé: Intellectual Identity in Fin de Siècle France" Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques volume 38 no3 (Fall 2013) 
  • Redefining the “Engagé”: Intellectual Identity and the French Extreme Right 1898-1968 (Dissertation UNC-CH, 2007)


  • Kevin Passmore, The Right in France from the Third Republic to Vichy (Oxford, 2013), in European History Quarterly (forthcoming 2014)
  • Robert Lynn Fuller, The Origins of the French Nationalist Movement, 1886-1914 (McFarland & Co., 2012), in European History Quarterly (forthcoming 2014).

Conference Papers

  • Going beyond Gen Ed at the Associate’s Level to be presented as part of a workshop on teaching at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting, January 2014.
  • In Defense of the Humanities: the Nouvelle Sorbonne debate and the crisis of identity in French education, 1910-1920 to be presented at the national CCHA annual meeting October 2013.
  • Harmonious or Off-Key? The American Historical Association Tuning Project, Community College Humanities Association in Boston, Mass. presented November 2012.
  • Europeanism as the New French Nationalism: the evolution of right-wing conceptions of French nationalism in response to global exchange. Presented at the Society for the Study of French History, York England July 2012.
  • Controversial Contributions: Alain de Benoist and an Approach to Controversial Intellectual History for Teachers and Scholars.  Presented at the annual meeting of the New England Historical Association April 2011. 
  • Redefining the Engagé: Right-Wing Conceptualizations of  Intellectual Identity, 1898-1968. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies, April 2008;  
  • An Engaging Prospect: the Allure of Communism and the Politicization of André Gide. Presented at the annual meeting of the Southern History Association, November 2003;
  •  From Ivory Tower to Red Square: the Political Journey of André Gide. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies, April 2003; 
  • L’Essentiel: Robert Brasillach and the Appeal of Fascism for French Intellectuals. Presented at the European History Conference at the University of Memphis, April 2002;
  •  Allied Reception of Athenian Imperialism: Questioning the Traditional Interpretation. Presented at the European History Conference at the University of Memphis, April 2001.

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