Eric Jennings

Distinguished Professor, Department of History
Affiliated Faculty, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
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Areas of interest

  • Atlantic world
  • Africa
  • Conflict, violence and genocide
  • Empires, colonialisms and Indigeneity
  • Europe
  • Food
  • Latin America and Caribbean
  • Medicine
  • Migration/diaspora
  • Southeast Asia
  • State, politics and law



Eric T. Jennings (PhD UC Berkeley 1998) is a professor of History at the University of Toronto (Victoria College).  He is a specialist of modern France, French colonialism, and the Francophone world.  His solo books include Escape from Vichy (Harvard UP, 2018), Free French Africa in World War II (Cambridge UP, 2015), Imperial Heights: Dalat and the Making and Undoing of French Indochina (California, 2011), Curing the Colonizers (Duke, 2006), and Vichy in the Tropics (Stanford, 2001). He co-edited L’Empire colonial sous Vichy (Odile Jacob, 2004) with Jacques Cantier. His books have all been translated into French, and one into Vietnamese, and have won prizes, most notably the Prix de l’histoire des outre-mer, the Prix des Ambassadeurs, and the Gilbert Chinard Prize.   He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.  He has held six SSHRC insight/standard grants and two Jackman Humanities Institute fellowships.  In 2014, he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.