Lynn Hollen Lees

Professor of History Emerita

215 898 8261

113 Duhring Wing

Lynn Hollen Lees (Ph.D., Harvard University, 1969) is currently the Ombuds of the University of Pennsylvania.  She was chair of the Department of History between 1995 and 2001 and co-director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies from 2002-2013.  She also served as the University of Pennsylvania’s Vice Provost for Faculty.  Her teaching was primarily in the fields of British history, European social history, history of the British Empire, and world history. She has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Much of her research centers on European cities, their social organization, and their welfare institutions. Her book, written with Paul Hohenberg, The Making of Urban Europe, 1000-1995 (1985; rev. ed. 1995) traces long term changes in European urban networks and social organization.  She and her husband, Andrew Lees, collaborated on the study, Cities and the Making of Modern Europe, 1750-1914 (2007)  Her interest in world history  produced Global Society: The World since 1900 (written with Pamela Crossley and John Servos). In recent years, her research has shifted to the study of the British colonial rule in southeast Asia. Her book, Planting Empire, Cultivating Subjects: British Malaya, 1786-1941, will be published in December, 2017.


Courses Taught
  • HIST 011 The World: History and Modernity
  • HIST 051 Britain since 1688
  • HIST 212 Rise and Fall of the British Empire
  • HIST 630 Comparative Empires
  • HIST 630 Teaching World History
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