Peter Sahlins

professor of history

Peter Sahlins (BA Harvard 1979; Ph.D. Princeton 1986) has taught at Berkeley since 1989 in the Department of History. He is an historian of early modern France and Europe, and has published on a wide variety of subjects, including forest management and popular rebellions, the boundaries of identity and the nation-state, the legal and social history of immigration, and most recently, the interdisciplinary study of animals at the court of Louis XIV ("1668: The Year of the Animal in France" [Zone Books, New York, forthcoming 2017]). Professor Sahlins was the founding director of the France-Berkeley Fund, the founding director of UCEAP’s Paris programs, and most recently has served since 2013 as director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Field major.