Francis Russo

Francis Russo

Ph.D. Candidate

Francis Russo is a doctoral candidate whose research interests range broadly across the history of early North America. Before entering the doctoral program at Penn, Francis graduated from the dual M.A./M.Sc. program in International and World History at Columbia University and the London School of Economics, and received a B.A. in History and Music from Trinity College, where he was a Presidential Fellow.

Francis' research has been supported by the John Carter Brown Library, Massachusetts Historical Society, Library Company of Philadelphia, Economic History Association, among others. Last year he was co-coordinator of the Brown Bag works-in-progress series at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.

Advisors: Daniel Richter (primary), Sophia Rosenfeld, Sarah Gronningsater


M.Sc., International and World History (with distinction), London School of Economics, 2015
M.A., International and World History (with distinction), Columbia University, 2015
B.A., History and Music (with honors), Trinity College, 2013

Research Interests

Early and nineteenth-century U.S. history; intellectual, social, and political history; utopian movements in North America; antebellum reform; history of democracy and democratic theory; political economy; American Pragmatism; philosophy of history; history of sound.

Courses Taught

HIST 108: American Origins
HIST 168: History of American Law
HIST 109: Hamilton's America
HIST 011: Deciphering America 
HIST 133: The History of Free Speech and Censorship

2019 Teaching Assistant of the Year Award