Krieger School historian David Bell, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, will assume the role of dean of faculty July 1, succeeding Gabrielle Spiegel. Bell, a historian of early modern France, earned his PhD at Princeton University and spent several years as an assistant professor at Yale University before coming to Hopkins in 1996.
“I’m delighted that David has agreed to assume this role in the Krieger School,” says James B. Knapp Dean Adam Falk. “He brings extraordinary scholarly stature and accomplishment, terrific energy, and a deep commitment to the School of Arts and Sciences. I look forward to our partnership in the years ahead.”
Bell teaches courses on early modern France, European history, the French Revolution, French Enlightenment, the art of narrative history, and more. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic and the author of three books, including The First Total War: Napoleon’s Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It (2006).
He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including fellowships from the American Council for Learned Societies; the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; the National Endowment for the Humanities; and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.