Gabriel Paquette

Gabriel Paquette is Professor of History at the University of Maine. His research explores aspects of European, Latin American, and International History.

Paquette’s first book (2008) analyzes the intellectual origins of the reform program undertaken by the Spanish Crown in the Spain and Spanish America during the second half of the eighteenth century. His second book (2013) is a history of the Portuguese Atlantic World, c. 1770-1850, focusing on the independence of Brazil. His third book (2019) is a synthetic and synoptic history of the Western European “seaborne” empires in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Paquette has edited or co-edited books and thematic issues of scholarly journals on the following subjects: late eighteenth-century enlightened reform (2009); European-Latin American relations in the nineteenth century (2013); connections between Romanticism and Liberalism (2015); a new translation of an important text in the history of political and economic thought (Jovellanos’s 1795 Report on the Agrarian Law) (2016); and Spain’s involvement in the American Revolution (2020).

His articles have appeared in numerous journals, including Historical Journal, English Historical Review, Journal of Latin American Studies, European History Quarterly, and History of European Ideas. Paquette also contributes semi-regularly to publications aimed at a wider audience, including Chronicle of Higher Education, The Times Literary Supplement, History Today, Inside Higher Ed, Times Higher Education, The Guardian, Público, and the Revista de Occidente.

Paquette holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. Before joining UMaine in 2023 as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development, he held a variety of research, teaching and administrative leadership positions at Oregon, Johns Hopkins, Cambridge, Harvard, and Wesleyan.

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