Two New Faculty Join Us

August 7, 2014

Two New Faculty Join Us


We're happy to announce the addition of Professors Bruno Cabanes and Alexander Kaye to the History Department.

Bruno Cabanes
is the Donald G. & Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History. He received a PhD, with distinction, from the Université Paris I- Panthéon Sorbonne. Prior to coming to Ohio State, he taught for nine years at Yale University.

Professor Cabanes is a historian of twentieth-century Europe, and more specifically, the social and cultural history of war. He is particularly interested in the period of transition that followed World War I. He has analyzed this topic from a variety of angles: the demobilization of combat troops, the traumatic impact of war on soldiers and civilians, a comparative study of the different post-war periods in the twentieth century, and, more recently, the environmental history of war and its aftermath.

His research on post-war transitions began with his doctoral dissertation, La Victoire endeuillée.La sortie de guerre des soldats français, 1918-1920 [Victory in Mourning: French Soldiers and the Transition to Civilian Life, 1918-1920]. La Victoire endeuillée was awarded the Gustave Chaix d'Est Ange Prize by the Academie des Sciences Morales et Politiques in Paris, and short-listed for the Augustin-Thierry Prize for the Best Book of the Year in Modern History.  His second book, The Great War and the Origins of Humanitarianism, 1918-1924, revisits the same period from a transnational perspective. His most recent book, Août 1914 (Éditions Gallimard, 2014) employs a cultural approach, telling the story of France's entry in World War I from the perspective of ordinary men caught in the flood of mobilization. Août 14 will be published in English translation by Yale University Press in 2015.

Alexander Kaye is the designate of the Saul and Sonia Schottenstein Chair in Israel Studies. He received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in 2012, after taking his bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Cambridge and receiving rabbinic ordination at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in Riverdale, N.Y. He comes to Ohio State after serving as the Tikvah Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Thought at Princeton University.

Professor Kaye's dissertation and published and forthcoming articles study the history of the legal philosophy of religious Zionists in the twentieth century, showing how they configured the relationship between state power and traditional halakha (Jewish law) in different ways and drew (sometimes covertly) on trends in European and American legal philosophy work contributes to the intellectual and cultural history of Judaism; explores the relationships among law, religion, and politics; and interrogates the distinction between the religious and the secular.

Most recently, he co-edited, with David N. Myers, “The Faith of Fallen Jews”: Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi and the Writing of Jewish History (University Press of New England, 2013).