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Gregory Mole


(901) 678-2971
(901) 678-2720
120 Mitchell Hall
Office Hours
Wednesday 1:30-5:00; and by appointment


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Fields of Interests

Early Modern France and Europe, Global History, History of Empire, India, Political Economy and Political Thought

Courses Taught

The Global Enlightenment, History of Piracy, Colonial India, World Civilization II, The World Since 1945


"L'Economie Politique de Joseph Dupleix: le commerce, l'autorité, et la deuxième guerre carnatique, 1751-1754," Outre-Mers, Revue d'histoire 103, No. 388-389 (2015): 81-98

"Mahé and the Politics of Empire: Trade, Conquest, and Revolution on the Malabar Coast" La Révolution Française: Cahiers de l'Institut d'Histoire de la Révolution Française, 8 (2015)

Recent Conference Presentations

"Treason, Patriotism, and the Fall of French India," Society for French Historical Studies (Washington, DC), April 2017

"Fiscal Accountability, Military Confidentiality: The Politics of Information in the Compagnie des Indes," Western Society for French History (Chicago, IL), November 2015

"The Actionnaire and the Annuitant: Shareholder Advocacy and the Compagnie des Indes, 1719-1769," The Business History Conference (Miami, FL), June 2015

Current Projects

Monarchy on the Margins: Empire, Scandal, and the Making of Modern France: My current monograph analyzes the history of the Compagnie des Indes (French East India Company), the privileged corporation that oversaw French trade and administration in India from 1719 to 1769. Through research conducted in France, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States, I explore the Company's role in creating a competing vision of French absolutism over the course of the eighteenth century: an ad hoc, often contradiction riddled, notion of proxy sovereignty that blended traditional understandings of royal power with humanist idioms of corporate authority, models of political economy drawn from South Asia, and an imperial vision of French citizenship. Shunted to the margins of both Old Regime and late-Mughal historiography, the Company—I argue—actually served as the locus for a divisive and ultimately transformative debate about the meaning of statehood and monarchy in the decades preceding the French Revolution.

Honors and Awards

Georges-Lurcy Fellowship, Gustave Gimon Fellowship, Doris A. Quinn Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Harvard and Cambridge Joint Center for History and Economics Project Grant, UNC History Department Distinguished Dissertation Prize