Cindy Ermus

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Cindy Ermus is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, where ​she teaches courses on early modern Europe, the Age of Revolutions, and the history of disasters. ​Her work looks at catastrophe and crisis management in eighteenth-century Europe and the Atlantic​, especially revolution, "natural" disasters, and disease epidemics. She considers not only responses to crises and their effects, but understandings of disaster more generally​​. She is​ the editor of a forthcoming volume titled, Environmental Disaster in the Gulf South: Two Centuries of Catastrophe, Risk, and Resilience (LSU Press, Jan. 2018). ​Her monograph (in progress) is a transnational study of the Plague of Provence of 1720​ (the “Great Plague of Marseille”)​, one of the last outbreaks of plague in Western Europe. By tracing responses to the threat of infection throughout a network of major eighteenth-century port cities, ​she explor​es the ways in which the crisis influenced society, politics, and commerce beyond France, in neighboring regions, and in the Atlantic and Pacific colonies​ (for more, see her article in the Winter 2016 issue of Eighteenth-Century Studies). She is also co-founder, executive editor, and contributor at (on Twitter @HistorioBLOG). Her professional website is linked here.

View the material that Cindy has curated for this website here.

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