Patrick Luiz Sullivan De Oliveira
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Patrick De Oliveira is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History. He is primarily a historian of Modern Europe (particularly France), although he also works with comparative/connective approaches that take Latin America into consideration. His other major thematic interests include the history of science and technology, urban history, and visual culture. He completed his General Examination fields in Modern France (1700-1914), Urban History, and South Atlantic History (1500-1914).
Patrick’s dissertation, "The Ascending Republic: Aeronautical Culture in France, 1860-1908," addresses the overlooked process of how and why Paris became the capital of early aviation before World War One. In doing so, he argues against the dominant modernist paradigm that emphasizes the airplane and instead traces continuities in aerial culture by analyzing France’s ballooning revival following the 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War. By tracing how aeronauts navigated the interstices of politics, culture, and technology to rehabilitate a discredited artifact, Patrick’s dissertation shows how French civil society cultivated airmindedness (popular enthusiasm for flight) decades before the advent of the airplane. Thanks to an energetic air lobby that promoted aeronautical pursuits through scientific ascents, competitions, masculine elite socializing, and the mass media, Paris became the capital of a cosmopolitan ballooning culture that set the scene for the development of early aviation.
Last year, Patrick was a Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Fellow at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He spent the 2014-2015 academic year as a Doctoral Exchange Fellow at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). During his time at Princeton, Patrick has precepted for David Bell's "War in the Modern Western World" and Jeremy Adelman’s “A History of the World” courses. He is currently a Writing Center Fellow.
Prior to coming to Princeton, Patrick graduated with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kansas in 2010 with a B.A. in History, a B.S.J. in Journalism. Before committing to pursuing the academic life he interned at NPR's Weekend Edition and at Verso Books.
“Imagining an Old City in Nineteenth-Century France: Urban Renovation, Civil Society, and the Making of Vieux Lyon,” Journal of Urban History (forthcoming).
“Parisian Palimpsest: Monuments, Ruins and Preservation in the Long Nineteenth Century,” Journal of Urban History 41, no. 4 (July 2015): pp. 739-745.
“O Uber e o mito da panaceia tecnológica,” CartaCapital. [“Uber and the Myth of the Technological Panacea”].
“‘Wrestling With Moses’: How We Saw Our Cities Anew,” Producer, Liane Hansen interview with Anthony Flint, Weekend Edition, NPR.