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Do Paco, David

Assistant Professor

SciencesPo Paris, France


Max Weber alumnus

Department of History and Civilization

Cohort(s): 2013/2014, 2014/2015

Ph.D. Institution

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France


I earned my PhD in early modern history from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne summa cum laude in November 2012 following research dealing with the integration of Ottoman merchants and diplomats into eighteenth-century Vienna. At the crossroads of administrative, social and urban histories, my work demonstrated that Ottomans fitted in so well with their Viennese clientele, enabling historians to consider them as a contrasting medium, enhancing the arteries of the city and revealing its economic heart and its workings. The Voltaire Foundation, Oxford, will publish my book during the first term of 2015.
In September 2013, as Max Weber fellow, I began research into the Cobenzl family’s clientele in eighteenth-century Europe, especially its oriental branch. I am putting a stress on the economic, social and political practices across ‘cultural areas’ and questioning the relevance of cross-cultural patterns. Thanks to this new project, I won the summer post-doctoral prize, ‘Gabriel Monod’, from the Institut Français d’Histoire en Allemagne.
For seven years, as a teaching assistant and lecturer, I taught early modern history at every level of French academic courses, especially at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Last year, I co-taught, at the EUI with Ann Thomson, a doctoral research seminar on the circulation of information and ideas. Since 1 July 2014 I have also become an associated researcher at the Institut d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris.
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