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Yann Robert, PhD

Associate Professor and Department Head

French and Francophone Studies

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Building & Room:

1615 UH


601 S. Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 355-1338

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Yann Robert is an Associate Professor in the Department of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His book, Dramatic Justice: Trial by Theater in the Age of the French Revolution, was recently published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. In 2018, he was awarded UIC’s Rising Star Award in the Humanities, Arts, Design and Architecture. His research examining the interaction between theater, justice, and politics in Enlightenment and Revolutionary France has received support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, notably through a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University and a one-year research fellowship at the Newberry Library, as well as from the Jacob K. Javits and the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundations.

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French Revolution; Enlightenment; Justice; Theater; Politics; History

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Service to Community

Created and leads a collaborative project with the “French Revolution Pamphlets Digital Initiative” at the Newberry library. Under his supervision, students (more than fifty so far) visit the Newberry and consult centuries-old manuscripts, which they then study, contextualize, and translate. The students’ work is displayed on a website hosted by the Newberry.

He is also a founding member, organizer, and co-host for the SECFS New Book Online Conversation Series.

Notable Honors

2020-2021, Faculty Fellow, UIC Institute for the Humanities

2018, Rising Star Award in Humanities, Arts, Design, and Architecture, UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

2018, Teaching Recognition Program Award, UIC Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

2013-2014, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Newberry Library, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


PhD, Princeton University
B.A., University of Arizona