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Peter Sahlins

Professor, Department of History, University of California at Berkeley

Fellow, Society of Fellows, SOF/Heyman, Columbia University (1987–1988)

Peter Sahlins is a historian of early modern France. The author of four books and numerous articles, his work has ranged from nineteenth-century forest history (Forest Rites, 1994) to the social and legal history of nationality law and citizenship (Unnaturally French, 2007; Taxing Foreigners, 1998) to his foundational work on the French-Spanish boundary and the construction of national identity in the borderland (Boundaries: the Making of France and Spain in the Pyrenees, 1989). He has taught courses on all these subjects, as well as on his current research project, entitled "The Symbolic Lives of Animals and the Making of Early French Modernity." He has most recently given lectures and published articles on the Royal Labyrinth ("Where the Sun Don't Shine,") chameleons in salons and sciences ("A Tale of Three Chameleons,") and the animal-human blood transfusions of 1667 and 1668 "The Animals of the First Xenotransfusion Experiments"). He is the editor, with Christopher Pearson (Liverpool) of a special issue of French History, "French Animal Histories," forthcoming in 2014.