Professor Colin Jones CBE

Professor of History

Location Arts Two 4.08


Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8361

I was educated at Oxford and came to Queen Mary in 2006.  I have also taught at Newcastle, Exeter, Warwick, Stanford, Renmin, Paris-VIII universities and in 2014 was Visiting Professor at the University of Richmond, Virginia..

I have held research positions at Princeton, the Collège de France, Columbia University’s Paris campus and the National Humanities Center, North Carolina.

 From 2012-15, I held a Leverhulme Trust Major Fellowship on my current research project which focuses on the day of 9 Thermidor when Robespierre was overthrown. My first publication on the project appeared as 'The Overthrow of Maximilien Robespierre and the "Indifference" of the People, American Historical Review  (2014)


I am a social and cultural historian of France whose interests focus around the eighteenth century. I have published widely and am the author or editor of around 20 books.

  • 18th century France and the French Revolution
  • The Terror
  • The history of medicine, especially 17th-early 19th centuries
  • The history of Paris
  • Physiognomy and caricature

Current PhD Students

  • Robin Carlile – The ‘journées’ of Germinal and Prairial in the Year 3: origins, participation and repression
  • Amelia Jackson – André-Charles Boulle as a Collector of Prints and Drawings
  • Anais Pedron – Women of Theatre and the Question of Rights in Paris, 1750-1800
  • Nigel Ritchie – The origins of Marat's revolutionary persona and the creation of a new form of political journalism
  • Gabriel Wick – Landscapes of Conscience: reform, liberalism and the transformation of the aristocratic landscape in France, 1770-1792

Postgraduate supervision 

I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

  • Early modern, 18th century and French Revolutionary history
  • History of medicine 


Membership of professional associations or societies 

Editorial Positions

Appearances in the media

  • As President of the Royal Historical Society (2009-12), I made contributions to public debates on higher education (e.g. The GuardianTimes Higher Education) I have been involved in a number of arts and history programmes on radio and TV.