Richard Fogarty

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., University of Georgia
B.A., State University of New York at Geneseo

060C Social Sciences
Phone: (518) 442-5344
Fax: (518) 442-5301


Undergraduate Courses:

His 131: History of European Civilization II
His 158: The World in the 20th Century
His 344: Europe, 1914-1945
His 349: France since 1815
His 365: War and Society I
His 366: War and Society II
His 495Z and 496Z: Senior Honors Thesis Seminar

Graduate Courses:

His 616/626/633: France and Its Empire at War, 1914-1918 (Readings Seminar)
His 616/626/642: Islam, Immigration, and Integration in Modern France (Readings Seminar)
His 620/643/670: War, Society, and Culture (Research Seminar)
His 626/628/642: Race and Racism in the Modern World (Readings Seminar)
His 626/628/642: War, Society, and Culture (Readings Seminar)
His 616/626: European Imperialism (Readings Seminar)
His 616/626/628: Europe’s Twentieth Century (Readings Seminar)
His 616/642: Race, Religion, and Gender in French Colonialism (Readings Seminar)
His 643: Histories of National Identity and Belonging (Research Seminar)

Current Research Interests:

I am a historian of modern France and Europe, 1789-Present, with particular interests in the histories of culture, politics, war, and the military, especially the ways these intersect. More specifically, I study French colonialism, the First World War, the French army, racism, and French and European attitudes toward Islam and Muslims. I am happy to work with both graduate and undergraduate students on these topics, as well as topics under the broader themes of war, society, and culture, and of colonialism and racism.

Select Publications:

Race and War in France: Colonial Subjects in the French Army, 1914-1918 (The Johns Hopkins University Press, Spring 2008)
[Listen to an an interview with Dr. Fogarty on this book at: New Books in History]

Empires in World War I: Shifting Frontiers and Imperial Dynamics in a Global Conflict, edited with Andrew Tait Jarboe (London: I.B. Tauris, 2014)

"Demobilization in British and French Africa at the End of the First World War" (with David Killingray), Journal of Contemporary History, 50, no. 1 (2015), 100-123.

"The French Empire," in Robert Gewarth and Erez Manela, eds., Empires at War, 1911-1923 (Oxford University Press, 2014, 109-129.

"L'identite en question: I'Islam et les soldats nord-africains pendant la Grande Guerre," Migrance 38 (2011), 37-52.

Links to:

Full Curriculum Vitae

You may find syllabi from my courses and other materials at my page:

Listen to a podcast of Dr. Fogarty discussing his research:

“France, Africa, and the First World War, 100 Years On”/“La France, l’Afrique et la première guerre mondiale, 100 ans déjà,” Africa at LSE, London School of Economics Web site, 15 September 2014 (;    

 “Race, racism, and military strategy” (, and “Contract workers in World War One” (, World War One web site, the British Library, January 2014.

 “’French Savages’: War and Colonialism in Jean-Jaques Annaud’s Black and White in Color,” Fiction and Film for French Historians: A Cultural Bulletin, Volume 4, Issue 4 (February 2014):