Council Member, Research Division, 2015–18


Princeton University

David A. Bell is a historian of the early modern Atlantic world at Princeton University, with a particular interest in the political culture of Enlightenment and revolutionary France. He attended graduate school at Princeton, where he worked with Robert Darnton, and received his PhD in 1991. From 1990 to 1996 Bell taught at Yale, and from 1996 to 2010 at Johns Hopkins, where he held the Andrew W. Mellon chair in the Humanities and served as dean of faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences. He joined the Princeton faculty in 2010. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. His books have been recognized with prizes from the Society for French Historical Studies, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the American Historical Association, and have been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Turkish. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy. He is currently writing a history of the Enlightenment.