Jeremy D. Popkin is a professor at the University of Kentucky in the William T. Bryan Chair Professorship. He teaches History, Jewish Studies, Social Theory, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and Modern & Classical Languages Literatures & Cultures. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds an A.M. degree from Harvard University.
Popkin’s scholarly interests include the history of the French and Haitian revolutions and the topic of autobiographical literature. Popkin has held fellowships from the J.S. Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Studies, and the Newberry Library, and has been a visiting professor at Brown University and at the College de France, which has recorded his lectures as podcasts (in French). In 2012, Popkin was a short-term visiting professor at Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, and in 2013 he was named the Christian Wolff Visiting Professor at the Martin Luther University in Halle, Germany.
Popkin teaches undergraduate courses on the era of the French Revolution, Europe since 1989, and modern Jewish history and the history of the Holocaust. He has served as director of UK’s Jewish Studies program and has frequently participated in the UK Social Theory program. In 2015-2016, Popkin co-directed the College of Arts and Sciences’ “Year of Europe” program.