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Sylvia Neely

Associate Professor of History

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I am interested in European history during the revolutionary period, from the French Revolution through mid-century. Because of my research focus on Lafayette and on revolutions, comparative history appeals to me. Much can be learned by comparing political, intellectual, and cultural developments across national boundaries, especially in the early nineteenth century when national identities were forming. I am writing a book tentatively entitled An Introduction to the French Revolution. A continuing focus of my research is Lafayette's career in the French Revolution.

“I serve as the liaison between the College of the Liberal Arts and the Education Abroad office. In addition to promoting study abroad, I help students who are trying to decide which Penn State education abroad program would best fit their academic and career goals. I also work with faculty who wish to provide education abroad opportunities for our students.