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Erik Hadley

Erik Hadley


Early Modern Europe


Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
B.A., University of Montana

Erik Hadley grew up on a ranch in western Montana where he developed an early appreciation for traveling, history and the outdoors.  He attended the University of Montana in Missoula, MT, graduating with a B.A. in history and political science in 1996. After a four-month tour of Europe digging in Roman archeological sites and backpacking through France, Italy and Greece, Hadley decided European history was his life’s passion.  He attended the history doctoral program at the University at Buffalo, specializing in Early Modern France and a sub-field in the Atlantic World. In 2001-02, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct doctoral research in Belgium and France.  He lived with his wife and then one-year old son for a year in Europe while researching in Brussels, Paris and various provincial archives studying the evolution of national identity and state power in French-Belgian borderland communities in the 16th-18th centuries.  This research formed the basis for his dissertation project which he defended successfully in 2007.

An active scholar, Hadley has published articles on the evolution of the French-Belgian border and frontier communities and has presented papers at professional historical conferences across the United States as well as international conferences in Paris and Wales.  He is also working on a new research topic: the history of commemoration of religious and military processionals in Belgium and northern France and what these processionals signified to the communities that celebrated them over the past four hundred years.  This past summer he researched two military marches dedicated to the St. Rock that were first celebrated in the 1630’s.

Hadley spent several years as an adjunct faculty member in the history department at Boise State University before his appointment as a lecturer in European history in 2014. He teaches general classes on western and world civilizations (especially World Civilizations though the history of food) as well as specialized courses on medieval Europe, the Old Regime and the French Revolution, and oceanic studies in both the Atlantic and Pacific Worlds.

Erik and his wife Shasta have two young boys and love to spend their time enjoying the Idaho outdoors: backpacking, rock-climbing, skiing and mountain biking. Hadley and his family also enjoy traveling in Europe – particularly hiking and rock-climbing in the Italian Dolomites.


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