Professor Ruth Harris
BA, MA, DPhil, FBA
Senior Research Fellow since 2016
Professor of Modern European History, University of Oxford
I am studying global spiritual renewal between approximately 1880 and 1950 by examining the impact of South Asian spiritual figures on Europe and America. The work will concentrate on three themes: the global debate regarding science and religion; the tension between universal spiritual systems and spiritualised nationalism; and the collaborations between South Asian men and their western female adherents. I will be giving the Trevelyan lectures in Cambridge in early 2017 where I will talk about the ‘global idealist moment’ at the turn of the twentieth century.
Contact: ruth.harris at all-souls.ox.ac.uk
- Fellow and Tutor in Modern History, New College, Oxford (from 1991 to 2016)
- Associate Professor, History Dept, Smith College, Northampton, Mass. (from 1987 to 1990)
- Junior Research Fellow, St John's College, Oxford (from 1983 to 1987)
- Global History of religion, 19th and 20th centuries (now focused on South Asia, Europe and America)
- French history, 19th and 20th centuries
- History of gender, 19th and 20th centuries
- History of medicine and science, 19th and 20th centuries
- The Man on Devil's Island: Alfred Dreyfus and the Affair that Divided France, (London, Allen Lane/Penguin Press, 2010)
- Lourdes: Body and Spirit in the Secular Age, (London and New York Penguin/Viking, 1999)
- Murders and Madness: Medicine, Law and Society in the Fin de Siècle (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1989)
- 'The Assumptionists and the Dreyfus Affair', Past and Present 194, (2007) 175-211
- 'Possession on the Borders: the "Mal de Morzine" in Nineteenth-Century France', Journal of Modern History, 69, (1997) 451-78
- '"The Child of the Barbarian": Rape, Race and Nationalism in World War I', Past and Present 141 (1993), 170-206
Other professional memberships and roles
- Fellow of the British Academy
- Visiting Professor, Ecole pratique des hautes études
Research awards and grants
- Wolfson Prize, for The Man On Devil’s Island: Alfred Dreyfus and the Affair that Divided France (2010).
- Leverhulme Research Fellowship (from 2008 to 2009).
- Guggenheim Fellowship (from 1996 to 1997).
- Jean Monnet Fellowship, European University Institute, Florence, Italy (declined) (from 1994 to 1995).
- Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Washington DC (declined) (from 1994 to 1995).
- British Academy Large Research Grant (from 2003 to 2005).
- Pinkney award for Best Book in French History for Lourdes: Body and Spirit in the Secular Age 1999, shortlisted for the Longman History award. (1999).