Darrin M. McMahon

Academic Appointments
  • Chair, Department of History

  • Mary Brinsmead Wheelock Professor of History

Darrin M. McMahon is the Mary Brinsmead Wheelock Professor of History and formerly the Ben Weider Professor and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University from 2004–2014. Educated at the University of California, Berkeley and Yale, where he received his PhD in 1998, McMahon is the author of Enemies of the Enlightenment: The French Counter-Enlightenment and the Making of Modernity (Oxford University Press, 2001); Happiness: A History (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2006), which has been translated into twelve languages, and was awarded Best Books of the Year honors for 2006 by the New York Times, The Washington Post, the Library Journal, and Slate Magazine; Divine Fury: A History of Genius (Basic Books, 2013); and, most recently, Equality: The History of an Elusive Idea (Basic Books, 2023), forthcoming on November 14, 2013.

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  • B.A. University of California Berkeley
  • M.A. Yale University
  • Ph.D. Yale University