Patrick Luiz Sullivan De Oliveira
Fields of Study: Modern France, South Atlantic, Urban History
Advisor: Philip Nord
I am a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of History. My main area of focus is nineteenth-century France and Western Europe, although I also work with comparative/connective approaches that take Brazil into consideration.
Thematically, I am interested in urban history, particularly the relationship between built environment and urban renovations, and how this dynamic in turn affects the phenomenological experience of the city and engenders changes in urban identity. My undergraduate honors thesis: "Ghosts of Modernity: Changes in Urban Identity in Nineteenth-Century Lyon," addressed these issues in the context of Lyon's renovations during the Second Empire and early Third Republic. I have also worked on the transnational uses of Haussmannizaton (particularly in Latin America) and how French culture operated within the context of nineteenth-century Brazil.
My dissertation, tentatively titled "Urban Nostalgia: The Invention of Old Cities in Nineteenth-Century France," looks at France's two largest urban agglomerations—Paris and Lyon—and addresses how the modern phenomenon of preserved Old Cities emerged following two decades of large-scale urban renovations under the Second Empire. I am particularly interested in exploring how this preservationist discourse began as relatively insulated conversation among folklorists uncomfortable with the modernizing city but was eventually appropriated by the very modern world of commerce and tourism.
I am also drawn to visual culture (in particular caricatures), intellectual history, the relationship between literature and history and questions regarding historiographical methodology.
I graduated with distinction from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in History, a B.S.J. in Journalism and minors in French and Peace & Conflict Studies in 2010. I was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and earned University and History honors.
At Kansas I was involved with The University Daily Kansan, working in the positions of opinion writer (for which I earned a national Hearst Award), editor and features writer. While trying to resolve the tensions between my attraction to both journalism and history I interned at NPR and Verso Books, before finally committing to pursuing the academic life.