Robert Nye

Robert Nye near the source of the Seine


Horning Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History Emeritus
European Intellectual History
Department of History
302B Milam Hall Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: (541) 737-3433
Fax: (541) 737-1257
E-mail: nyer@onid.orst.edu


Robert Nye teaches European Intellectual History and The History of Sexuality. His research interests are in the history of the social sciences, medicine and society, and sexuality, particularly in France and Western Europe.


  • Professor Nye has recently edited a reader titled Sexuality for Oxford University Press that considers sexual theory and behavior in historical perspective from ancient Greece to the present. He is also presently working on a comparative history of the professions as instances of masculine culture, with a special emphasis on medicine, and on the changing historical discourses on sex and gender.
  • Nye took History degrees from San Jose State (1964) and the University of Wisconsin (1965, 1969) and taught at the University of Oklahoma for 25 years, becoming a George Lynn Cross Research Professor in 1992. He came to Oregon State in 1994, and as of June 2007 he is the Emeritus Thomas Hart and Mary Jones Horning Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History. Nye has also taught at Harvard University, been a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and has won Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. He was a fellow in history at the Australian National University in Canberra in the Summer of 1999 and a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin in the summer of 2004. Nye served a three-year term on the editorial board of the American Historical Review, 2003-2006. His most recent publication, "Western Masculinities in War and Peace," appeared in the AHR in April 2007.   Nye has also edited 2 books and published 50 scholarly articles and chapters.

Select Publications


(Oxford University Press, 1999).


Masculinity and Male Codes of Honor

Masculinity and Male Codes of Honor in Modern France

(New York, 1993, paperback 1998, University of California Press)

Crime, Madness and Politics
in Modern France:

The Medical Concept
of National Decline

(Princeton, N.J., 1984)

 Crime, Madness, and Politics in Modern France
Anti-Democratic Sources

The Anti-Democratic
Origins of Elite Theory:

Pareto, Mosca, Michels

(Beverly Hills and London, 1977)

The Origins of
Crowd Psychology:
Gustave LeBon and
Crisis of Mass Democracy
in the Third Republic

(Beverly Hills and London, 1975)

The Origins of Crowd Psychology