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Bill Olejniczak

Associate Professor

Address: Maybank Hall, 308
Office Hours: MW 1:00-2:30 or by appointment
Phone: 843.953.5930

Bill Olejniczak received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1983. He came to the College of Charleston in 1987 and has taught as a Visiting Professor at the University of Versailles/Saint-Quentin in France. He served as director of the M.A. Program from 1994-1998. He is Director of the European Studies Program at the College of Charleston and regularly conducts study abroad programs.

 He has published in the Journal of Social History and the Journal of Policy History and is working on a comparative social and cultural study of the able-bodied poor in France and England from 1660-1840 and a survey of the Enlightenment, Revolutionary and Napoleonic Eras.

He has taught courses on the Enlightenment, Revolutionary and French Revolution, modern Europe labor history, 19th and 20th century France, and is developing interests in recent European history and the European Union.


1983 - Ph.D., Duke University

Research Interests

France, European Social and Cultural History

Courses Taught

Industrial Revolution
The Age of Englightenment and Revolution
Contemporary Europe: 1945 to Present
The Social and Cultural History of Pre-Industrial Europe
Enlightenment and the French Revolution
World War II
History of Modern France
Research Seminar in Modern European History
European Studies


Crossings Frontiers: Culture, Language & Bilingualism; Peter Pelham & Eric Widmer, editors "Crossing Cultural and Linguistic Frontiers: Some Reflections from a Historian on the Recent European Past"
Author: William Olejniczak (Deerfield Academy Press, 2004): 25-39.