Paige E. Pendarvis

Paige Pendarvis

Ph.D. Candidate

Advisor: Sophia Rosenfeld

Fields: European History, 1650-1848 (Sophia Rosenfeld), European History, 1848-1945 (Peter Holquist), Social Welfare and the State (Amy Offner), Modern European Intellectual History (Warren Breckman)

I study modern European history, with a focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century France. At the broadest level, I am interested in the social and spatial history of ideas. My work examines the reciprocal relationship between thought and place, tracing the actions through which ideas are, literally, concretized. I am particularly committed to incorporating groups often excluded from intellectual history, like grassroots social movements. I am also interested in the history of historical thinking, especially that of the early Annales School.

My dissertation provides a history of Parisian tenants’ unions and housing activism during the French Third Republic (1870-1940). It explores the connections between Paris's built environment and tenant activism in order to trace the simultaneous construction of a social movement, a city, and new ideas of socioeconomic rights, like the right to housing. Third-Republic Paris was a space forged through the conflicting interests of tenants, the municipal government, property owners, architects, real estate agents, and social reformers. My dissertation analyzes tenant activism in its broader ideological context but emphasizes its links to the commodification of real estate and a new market in urban property. Through this research, I hope to reveal the power that grassroots social movements have to reshape their urban and intellectual environments. 

Prior to Penn, I attended the University of Chicago, where I earned an A.B. with honors in History and a minor in Philosophy. 

I have previously served as co-president of Clio, the history department's graduate student organization and as co-organizer of the department's Graduate Colloquium, a biweekly forum for graduate students to workshop articles, dissertation chapters, and conference papers. 


M.A., History, University of Pennsylvania (2019)

A.B., History (with honors), University of Chicago (2016)

Research Interests

Modern Europe (1750-1945), particularly France; history of social welfare and the welfare state; urban history; the history of social rights; social movements; political economy; urban history; intellectual and political history; historical methodologies; twentieth-century philosophy and political theory

Courses Taught

HIST 169: History of American Law (Spring 2020)

HIST 174: Capitalism, Socialism, and Crisis in the Twentieth-Century Americas (Fall 2019)

HIST 313: The French Revolution and the Origins of Modern Politics (Spring 2019)

HIST 081: The History of the Modern Middle East Since 1800 (Fall 2018)