|Department||History, Political Science, and Philosophy|
|Office||Rotunda East 240|
Dr. Mole received his M.A. and his Ph.D from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His current book project, Orphan Empire: Frontier Politics and the Making of Modern France explores the intersection of globalization, state-building, and scandal in eighteenth-century France. It focuses on the controversial history of the Compagnie des Indes, the crown-sponsored corporaton that oversaw French trade and administration in India from 1719 to 1769. The project examines the global convulsions generated by this "failed" empire--and the fractured political lives, loyalties, and identities left in their wake.
He has published portions of this research in Outre-Mers and La Révolution française, with another article forthcoming with French Historical Studies in February 2021. Future research interests include a history of poverty in France's eighteenth-century empire.