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Peter Soppelsa

Email: peter(dot)soppelsa(at)ou(dot)edu
Assistant Professor, Department of the History of Science
Managing Editor, Technology and Culture

Photographic portrait of Peter Soppelsa
  • B.A., Philosophy (with High Honors), Oberlin College, 2000
  • Ph.D., History, University of Michigan, 2009
  • Curricum vitae 2019


“How Haussmann’s Hegemony Haunted the Early Third Republic,” in Is Paris Still the Capital of the Nineteenth Century? The Painting of Modern Life Reconsidered, ed. Hollis Clayson and André Dombrowski (Ashgate, forthcoming 2015).

“Reworking Appropriation: the Language of Paris Railways, 1870-1914,” Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies 4, no. 2 (Summer 2014): 104-23.

With Blair Stein, “Santos-Dumont’s Blimp Passes the Eiffel Tower,” Technology and Culture 54, no. 4 (Oct. 2013): 942-46.

“Water and Power in Modern France,” French Politics, Culture and Society 31, no. 2 (Summer 2013): 117-32.

“Paris’s 1900 Universal Exposition and the Politics of Urban Disaster,” French Historical Studies 36, no. 2 (Spring 2013): 271-98.

“The Instrumentalization of Horses in 19th Century Paris” in Rob Boddice, ed., Anthropocentrism: Humans, Animals, Environments (Leiden: Brill, 2011), 245-64.

“Urban Railways, Industrial Infrastructure and the Paris Cityscape, 1870-1914," in Trains, Culture and Mobility: Riding the Rails, ed. Benjamin Fraser and Steven Spalding (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2011), 117-44.

“Intersections: Technology, Mobility, and Geography,” Technology and Culture 52/4 (Oct. 2011): 673-7. URL:

“Visualizing Viaducts in 1880s Paris,” History and Technology 27/3 (Sept. 2011): 371-7. URL: 

“Finding Fragility in Paris: The Politics of Infrastructure after Haussmann,” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History 37 (2009): 233-47. Winner of the 2009 Millstone Prize. URL: