Joseph F. Byrnes; Professor Emeritus; Modern European History; Oklahoma State University. Joseph.Byrnes@okstate.edu      

Joseph F. Byrnes; Professor Emeritus; Modern European History; Oklahoma State University. Joseph.Byrnes@okstate.edu

 

 

 

I came to the study of modern European History as a participant in a living tradition, a French Catholic congregation of missionary priests; my démarche since that time is reflected in teaching, research, and writing: world religions, social and institutional history of Christianity, and religious and national identity in modern France. I presume to present what the French would call an égo-biographie as the Preface for Catholic and French Forever: Religious and National identity in Modern France, viewable here. In my hours of archival work across the second half of my career as a Professor of Modern European History at Oklahoma State University, I have privileged research on the Catholic Church during the revolutionary decade of 1789-1799, and the religious experience and expression of churchmen and soldiers in World War I.  The most recent book is Priests of the French Revolution (2014) and the book projected for 2018 (end of the World War I centennial commemoration) is a history of official religion (chaplains and soldier clergy) and everyday soldier religion on the Western front—and so France, Germany, and England. Meanwhile work continues apace on a dictionary of French revolutionary bishops and a repertoire of French priests of the same era.  We are constructing sites for both of these projects, which will be previewed on this web site. 


Graduate Experience

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1976, Religious Studies

M.A., University of Chicago, 1974, Religious Studies

M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1967, Liturgical Research

Professional Experience

Professor, History, OSU, 1988-2014

Professor, Religious Studies, OSU, 1986-1988

Associate Professor, Humanities and Religious Studies, OSU, 1981-1986

Assistant Professor, Humanities and Religious Studies, OSU, 1977-1981


Awards, Grants and Honors

DaVinci Fellow, 2007, DaVinci Institute (Oklahoma)

Professor of the Year Award, OSU History Club, 2002, 2009, 2014

Oklahoma Humanities Council Research Grant, 2004, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

OSU Department of History, Research Grants, 1995-2013

OSU Arts and Sciences Research Travel Grant, 2002, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

OSU Arts and Sciences Dean's Incentive Grant, 1999, Archives Nationales, Paris

Oklahoma Humanities Council Research Grant, 1998, Archives Nationales, Paris

Oklahoma Foundation for the Humanities Research Grant, 1996, Archives Nationales, Paris

Oklahoma Foundation for the Humanities Research Grant, 1994, Service historique de l'armée de terre, Chateau de Vincennes (Paris)

Oklahoma Foundation for the Humanities Research Grant, 1992, Archives Départementales, Rouen and Grenoble

NEH Travel to Collections Grant, 1991, Archives Nationales, Paris

Southwestern Bell Research Fellow, 1989, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Foundation for the Humanities Research Grant, 1990, Newberry Library, Chicago

Research Fellow, Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago, 1981-1982

Research Fellow, Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch, 1980-1981