Liana Vardi


Dr. Liana Vardi.

Liana Vardi


Liana Vardi



Early Modern Europe; History of France; Intellectual History; History of Medicine, Disability and Science; Social and Cultural History; Urban History


  • PhD, McGill, 1985

Courses Regularly Taught

History of Paris

Ancien Régime

Early Modern Europe

Voyages of Discovery

Vichy France

Film in History

Research Interests

France, intellectual life in the eighteenth century, the relationship between the arts and sciences, the perception of nature and of the rural world

Current Research

The Liberal Nobility in the late eighteenth century and French Revolution

Selected Publications


The Physiocrats and the World of the Enlightenment, Cambridge UP, 2012; released in paperback, 2014.

The Land and the Loom, Peasants and Profit in Northern France, 1680-1800, Duke UP, 1993


“Physiocratic Visions”, Studies in Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, January 2010

“Rewriting the Lives of Eighteenth-Century Economists,” American Historical Review, June 2009

“Imagining the Harvest in Early Modern Europe”, American Historical Review, December 1996

“Construing the Harvest: Gleaners, Farmers and Officials in Early Modern France, American Historical Review, December 1993


  • Fellowship, The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2000-2001)
  • Fellowship, The Yale Program in Agrarian Studies (1994-5)
  • The Koren Prize from the Society for French Historical Studies, for the best article in French History, 1994