Gabriel Paquette

Gabriel Paquette
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Professor
  • Residential Fellow (2011-2012)
  • “Cycles of Renewal and Collapse: Portugal and Brazil, c. 1780-1845”

Gabriel Paquette is Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. His research explores aspects of European, Latin American, and International History.

Paquette’s first book, published in 2008, analyzes the intellectual origins of the reform program undertaken by the Spanish Crown in the Iberian Peninsula and Spanish America during the second half of the eighteenth century. His second book, published in 2013, is a history of the Portuguese Atlantic World, c. 1770-1850, focusing on the independence of Brazil. Paquette’s third book, to be published in 2019, is a synthetic and synoptic history of the Western European “seaborne” empires in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Paquette edited a volume on late eighteenth-century enlightened reform in Atlantic context (2009) and co-edited a new translation of Jovellanos’s 1795 Report on the Agrarian Law (2016). He co-edited a volume on European-Latin American relations after the dissolution of the Ibero-Atlantic empires (2013). This volume elaborates on themes first addressed in a co-edited special issue of European History Quarterly (2011).

In addition to his principle areas of research, Paquette has written on several related (and occasionally somewhat unrelated) topics, including the history of Anglo-Iberian relations, Spanish American Independence, Marx and Hegel, Romanticism, and early nineteenth-century Liberalism. Some publications related to this latter topic include a guest-edited special issue of History of European Ideas (2015) as well as articles in Modern Intellectual History (2013) and the Historical Journal (2015). Paquette also contributes semi-regularly to publications aimed at a wider audience, including The Times Literary Supplement, History Today, National Geographic Historia, Inside Higher Ed, The Guardian, and the Revista de Occidente.

Paquette holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. Before arriving at Hopkins, he held research and teaching posts at Trinity College (Cambridge), Harvard University, and Wesleyan University. More recently, his research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the University of Cambridge (Balzan-Skinner Fellowship). Paquette was Sons of the American Revolution Visiting Professor at King’s College London in 2017.


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