Greg Shaya

Greg Shaya

Professor - History, Global Media & Digital Studies

Office: Kauke 111
Phone: 330-263-2169


  • B.A., University of Michigan 1988
  • M.A., University of Michigan 1993
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan 2000

Courses Taught

  • FYS: The Eyewitness in History
  • Introduction to History: France in the Age of the Eiffel Tower
  • The Making of the Contemporary World (team-taught)
  • The Craft of History: History of the News
  • The Craft of History: Crime & Punishment in Historical Perspective
  • History Workshop: Historical Documentary Filmmaking
  • Europe, 1890-1945: The Experience of History
  • Europe, 1945 to the Present: Film and History
  • Modern France: Revolution to the Present
  • History Colloquium: The World in 1900, A Global History

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • American Historical Association
  • Society for French Historical Studies
  • Société pour l’histoire des médias
  • International Society for Cultural History
  • International Association for the History of Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Urban History Association
  • Amis de l’Académie Tunisienne des Sciences, des Lettres, et des Arts “Beït al-Hikma”


  • "The Myth of the Fourth Estate." Lapham's Quarterly (2012)
  • "How to Make an Anarchist-Terrorist: An Essay on the Political Imaginary in Fin-de-Siècle France." Journal of Social History (Winter 2010)
  • "The Mass Public in France." The Crowds Project, directed by Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Stanford Humanities Laboratory (2005)
  • "The Flâneur, the Badaud, and the Making of a Mass Public in France, circa 1860-1910," American Historical Review (February 2004)

Research Interests

My research centers on the cultural history of France in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. I’ve written on crime and catastrophe in the French press of the late nineteenth century, ideas of the mass public, the debates surrounding the anarchists of Paris in the 1890s, and ideals  of the press as fourth estate. I’ve also spent some time investigating the history of emotions, visual culture, early detective fiction and the anti-detective tradition, and the public execution in France. I’ve worked with students on aspects of local history, founding the Wooster Digital History Project.