Honorary Foreign Member Recipients
The Association established the Honorary Foreign Membership in 1886 to recognize historians working outside the United States, for their distinguished scholarship and assistance to American scholars working in their country.
2014 Honorary Foreign Member
Roger Chartier, Collège de France, Paris
Throughout his long career, most of it at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Roger Chartier has been a path-breaking and border-crossing historian. He reoriented the celebrated Annales school of historiography by incorporating cultural and intellectual life into its earlier focus on society and economy; he energized the field of the history of the book with studies of reading practices and attention to the ways the material features of texts shaped their uses and reception; joining literature to history, he explored early modern playwriting. Fluent in several languages, he routinely reaches out to colleagues in the United States, Spain, and Latin America. His robust American connection includes informal mentoring of young historians doing research in France and, since 2001, a regular visiting appointment at the University of Pennsylvania. As one of the letters endorsing his nomination for this honor aptly put it, Chartier is “a modern-day Erasmus.”