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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

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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 History and the Digital Humanities.

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 Fugitives and Refugees: Representing Huguenots in the Atlantic World, 1685-1815.

Some of his recent publications include:

  • “The French Protestant Enlightenment of Rabaut Saint-Étienne: Le vieux Cé venol and the Sentimental Origins of Religious Toleration,” French History 32, Issue 1, (3 March 2018); 25–44.
  • Co-edited with Erica Johnson, Freedom and Faith: The French Revolution and Religion in Global Perspective. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017.
  • “Real and Imaginary Friends in Revolutionary France: Quakers, Political Culture, and the Atlantic World,” Eighteenth-Century Studies vol. 50,  no. 4 (2017); 361-79. 
  • “The Protestant Origins of the French Revolution: Contextualizing Edgar Quinet in the Historiography of the Revolution, 1789-1865,” in Proceedings of the Western Society for French History vol. 42 (2014): 65-74.

He has also given several conference presentations, including:

  • "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.
  • “‘Even in Religion’: Rabaut Saint-Étienne and the Language of Religious Freedom in the French Revolution,” Society for French Historical Studies, Nashville, Tennessee, March 3–5, 2016.
  • “Remembering the Old Cévenol: Memory and Religion in Rabaut Saint-Étienne’s Pre Revolutionary Politics,” Western Society for French History Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, Nov. 5-7, 2015.