French, European social
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Censer became the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University in 2006. He earned his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. After three years at the College of Charleston, Dr. Censer came to George Mason in 1977. Beginning as an assistant professor, he was promoted to full professor in 1987. He served as the Chair of the Department of History & Art History from 1995-2005 and served as Dean of the College from January 2006 to July 2013. He retired in May 2015. He has given numerous guest lectures and regularly presents his work at national conferences. He has held visiting professor appointments at Cornell University and the University of Maryland.
Dr. Censer’s research has examined the French Revolution, intellectual history, and the press. Previous publications include: Prelude to Power: The Radical Press in the French Revolution; The French Press in the Age of Enlightenment; and On the Trail of the DC Sniper: Fear and the Media. His latest work is Debating Modern Revolution: The Evolution of Revolutionary Ideas (Bloomsbury, 2016). Currently, he is at work with his colleague, Lynn Hunt, on a history of the French Revolution in global perspective.