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Department of History & Geography

Department of History & Geography

Dr. Bryan Banks

Assistant Professor

Dr. Bryan Banks


Dr. Bryan Banks

Position: Assistant Professor
Office: Yancey Center 354
Phone: 706-507-8354

Office Hours

Spring Semester, 2019
TR 1:00pm-2:45pm or request an appointment by email



Ph.D., Florida State University
M.A., Florida State University
B.A., Georgia State University

Specialty Area

Early Modern and Modern European History, Comparative Revolutions, Religious Studies


Dr. Bryan Banks is a specialist in eighteenth-century French History, with a particular emphasis on the Huguenot Diaspora.

Before arriving at CSU, Dr. Banks taught at SUNY Adirondack, Georgia State University, and Florida Atlantic University. His dissertation focused on French perceptions of Huguenots after Louis XIV’s Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, which expelled over 200,000 French Calvinists around Europe and the Atlantic World. His work reintegrates religion into the narrative of the French Enlightenment and Revolution — two parts of history often thought of as the origins of modern secularism.

Dr. Banks teaches surveys in World History from 1500 CE as well as upper division courses on European and Atlantic History and the Digital Humanities.

Dr. Banks is also a co-founder and executive editor of Age of Revolutions a website on the history of revolutionaries, revolutions, and the idea of “revolution” itself.

Read more about Dr. Banks’s research and teaching on his personal website:

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Banks is currently revising his dissertation for publication. It is tentatively titled From the Frontiers of the French Enlightenment: The Huguenot Diaspora and the Idea of “Refugees”.

Some of his recent publications include:

He has also given several conference presentations, including the following selected papers:

  • “Ending the ‘Exclusive Empire of Catholicism’: Jean-Étienne-Marie Portalis, Protestantism, and the Concordat of 1801,” Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, Atlanta, Georgia, February 28- March 2, 2019.
  • Speaker on “Academic Blogging Roundtable: Networks, Perspectives, and Trajectories,” American Historical Association, Chicago, Illinois, January 3-6, 2019.
  • “The So-Called Republican Reformed Religion: Huguenot Republicanism in the Seventeenth-Century Catholic Controverse,” Western Society for French History, Portland Maine, November 1-3, 2018.
  • “Genealogies of the So-Called Reformed Religion,” Repenser le refuge: Nouvelles perspectives pour l’étude du protestantisme francophone aux Provinces-Unies à l’époque moderne, Leiden, Netherlands, October 25-26, 2018.
  • "Revolutionary Script(ure): Pierre Bayle, Huguenot Refugees, and the 1688 Revolutions in England and Thailand," Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Feb 22-24, 2018. 
  • “Subtle Protests: Rethinking the Edict of Toleration’s Reception in Calvinist France,” Society for French Historical Studies, Washington D.C., April 20-22, 2017. (Recording Here)
  • “Digital Approaches to Religious Tolerance in the Enlightenment,” George Rudé Seminar, Parramatta, Australia, July 15, 2016.